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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 26,000 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.
19901,496146,097 Violator (136th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,521402,302 Nevermind (8th)
by Nirvana
19921,620231,129 Automatic For The People (54th)
by R.E.M.
19931,710244,486 In Utero (51st)
by Nirvana
19941,863410,419 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,935315,111 The Bends (16th)
by Radiohead
19962,074253,039 Pinkerton (94th)
by Weezer
19972,142396,431 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,072273,612 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,316248,506 Ágætis Byrjun (65th)
by Sigur Rós
Total18,7492,921,133

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, My Bloody Valentine, Weezer, R.E.M. and Jeff Buckley.
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RankAlbumArtist
31.

MetallicaUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1991Appears in:549 charts
Rank in 1991:7Rank Score:15,136
Rank in 1990s31Overall Rank:143
Average Rating:  77/100 (968 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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32.

HomogenicIceland Björk
Year of Release:1997Appears in:587 charts
Rank in 1997:2Rank Score:14,543
Rank in 1990s32Overall Rank:148
Average Rating:  84/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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33.

Either/OrUnited States Elliott Smith
Year of Release:1997Appears in:558 charts
Rank in 1997:3Rank Score:14,479
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:149
Average Rating:  84/100 (633 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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34.

MezzanineUnited Kingdom Massive Attack
Year of Release:1998Appears in:582 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:14,264
Rank in 1990s34Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (738 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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35.

DookieUnited States Green Day
Year of Release:1994Appears in:592 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:14,155
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  78/100 (953 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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36.

ParklifeUnited Kingdom Blur
Year of Release:1994Appears in:629 charts
Rank in 1994:8Rank Score:14,112
Rank in 1990s36Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  80/100 (890 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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37.

The Downward SpiralUnited States Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:524 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:13,966
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:161
Average Rating:  81/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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38.

Crooked Rain, Crooked RainUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1994Appears in:570 charts
Rank in 1994:10Rank Score:13,596
Rank in 1990s38Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  84/100 (703 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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39.

Different ClassUnited Kingdom Pulp
Year of Release:1995Appears in:524 charts
Rank in 1995:4Rank Score:13,542
Rank in 1990s39Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  81/100 (652 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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40.

OdelayUnited States Beck
Year of Release:1996Appears in:608 charts
Rank in 1996:4Rank Score:13,423
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  81/100 (849 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 85 9%
1991 79 8%
1992 98 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 111 11%
1996 116 12%
1997 98 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Beck 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 554 55%
United Kingdom 264 26%
Canada 34 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 19 2%
Norway 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 14 1%
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