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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 23,000 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.
19901,396134,038 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19911,423377,762 Nevermind (7th)
by Nirvana
19921,521215,686 Automatic For The People (50th)
by R.E.M.
19931,606229,393 In Utero (46th)
by Nirvana
19941,730385,794 Grace (43rd)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,815298,951 The Bends (15th)
by Radiohead
19961,942235,192 Pinkerton (96th)
by Weezer
19971,991369,632 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19981,923257,258 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,122228,479 Ágætis Byrjun (71st)
by Sigur Rós
Total17,4692,732,185

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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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 83 8%
1992 100 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 128 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 98 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 84 8%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 561 56%
United Kingdom 261 26%
Canada 35 4%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 19 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 12 1%
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