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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 20,000 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.
19901,252120,288 Violator (138th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,271347,344 Nevermind (6th)
by Nirvana
19921,335194,300 Automatic For The People (48th)
by R.E.M.
19931,466206,228 In Utero (46th)
by Nirvana
19941,583344,689 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,625271,657 The Bends (15th)
by Radiohead
19961,752207,152 Pinkerton (108th)
by Weezer
19971,804331,012 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19981,725231,380 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19991,891204,635 Ágætis Byrjun (71st)
by Sigur Rós
Total15,7042,458,684

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, 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:2,479 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:142,166
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (2,766 votes)
Comments: 489 comments
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2.

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,802 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:82,182
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,299 votes)
Comments: 236 comments
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3.

The BendsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,559 charts
Rank in 1995:1Rank Score:67,320
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,970 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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4.

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Year of Release:1998Appears in:1,310 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:61,638
Rank in 1990s4Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,384 votes)
Comments: 253 comments
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5.

LovelessIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,090 charts
Rank in 1991:2Rank Score:43,817
Rank in 1990s5Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,146 votes)
Comments: 182 comments
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6.

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
Year of Release:1991Appears in:973 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:34,758
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:35
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,213 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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7.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?United Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1995Appears in:932 charts
Rank in 1995:2Rank Score:33,197
Rank in 1990s7Overall Rank:38
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,305 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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8.

GraceUnited States Jeff Buckley
Year of Release:1994Appears in:904 charts
Rank in 1994:1Rank Score:31,098
Rank in 1990s8Overall Rank:42
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,008 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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9.

In UteroUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1993Appears in:870 charts
Rank in 1993:1Rank Score:29,909
Rank in 1990s9Overall Rank:46
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,315 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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10.

Automatic For The PeopleUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1992Appears in:920 charts
Rank in 1992:1Rank Score:28,644
Rank in 1990s10Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,130 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 79 8%
1992 101 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 111 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 101 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Suede 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 552 55%
United Kingdom 268 27%
Canada 35 4%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 21 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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