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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 18,000 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.
19901,144112,210 Violator (133rd)
by Depeche Mode
19911,170330,835 Nevermind (7th)
by Nirvana
19921,225185,037 Automatic For The People (46th)
by R.E.M.
19931,364194,597 In Utero (45th)
by Nirvana
19941,479326,251 Grace (39th)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,463256,347 The Bends (15th)
by Radiohead
19961,594194,902 Pinkerton (108th)
by Weezer
19971,656314,204 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19981,574216,309 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19991,711195,796 Ágætis Byrjun (71st)
by Sigur Rós
Total14,3802,326,488

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 Jeff Buckley.
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 77 8%
1991 82 8%
1992 97 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 122 12%
1995 118 12%
1996 107 11%
1997 104 10%
1998 97 10%
1999 95 10%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
Ween 6 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Metallica 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 533 53%
United Kingdom 262 26%
Mexico 36 4%
Canada 35 4%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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