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Best Albums of the 1990s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 16,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19901,037104,335 Violator (134th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,082314,406 Nevermind (6th)
by Nirvana
19921,131174,448 Automatic For The People (46th)
by R.E.M.
19931,259182,090 In Utero (44th)
by Nirvana
19941,342306,826 Grace (41st)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,336241,131 The Bends (15th)
by Radiohead
19961,447184,159 Pinkerton (105th)
by Weezer
19971,485295,242 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19981,419204,540 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19991,544184,145 Ágætis Byrjun [Agaetis Byrjun] (69th)
by Sigur Rós
Total13,0822,191,322

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oasis, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, R.E.M., Weezer and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

OK ComputerUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1997Appears in:2,171 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:126,385
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: 91/100 (2,345 votes)
Comments: 423 comments
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2.

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,610 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:75,046
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,964 votes)
Comments: 206 comments
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3.

The BendsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,342 charts
Rank in 1995:1Rank Score:59,482
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,660 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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4.

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Year of Release:1998Appears in:1,133 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:54,017
Rank in 1990s4Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,156 votes)
Comments: 223 comments
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5.

LovelessIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1991Appears in:948 charts
Rank in 1991:2Rank Score:38,392
Rank in 1990s5Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: 86/100 (955 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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6.

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
Year of Release:1991Appears in:879 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:32,186
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,044 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?United Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1995Appears in:831 charts
Rank in 1995:2Rank Score:30,382
Rank in 1990s7Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 80/100 (1,125 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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8.

GraceUnited States Jeff Buckley
Year of Release:1994Appears in:798 charts
Rank in 1994:1Rank Score:28,278
Rank in 1990s8Overall Rank:41
Average Rating: 83/100 (872 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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9.

In UteroUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1993Appears in:770 charts
Rank in 1993:1Rank Score:27,187
Rank in 1990s9Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: 83/100 (1,107 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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10.

Automatic For The PeopleUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1992Appears in:801 charts
Rank in 1992:1Rank Score:25,810
Rank in 1990s10Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: 84/100 (973 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 76 8%
1991 87 9%
1992 97 10%
1993 98 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 106 11%
1998 98 10%
1999 92 9%
Artist Albums %


Ween 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 536 54%
United Kingdom 263 26%
Canada 36 4%
Mexico 32 3%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 19 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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