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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.
19901,475143,333 Violator (135th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,501396,527 Nevermind (8th)
by Nirvana
19921,604228,624 Automatic For The People (53rd)
by R.E.M.
19931,691241,311 In Utero (48th)
by Nirvana
19941,832406,309 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,902311,390 The Bends (16th)
by Radiohead
19962,047248,391 Pinkerton (100th)
by Weezer
19972,102391,790 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,027270,829 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,276244,950 Ágætis Byrjun (65th)
by Sigur Rós
Total18,4572,883,454

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 85 9%
1991 80 8%
1992 98 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 114 11%
1997 96 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 89 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 556 56%
United Kingdom 265 27%
Canada 32 3%
Australia 27 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 14 1%
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