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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.
19901,158112,911 Violator (131st)
by Depeche Mode
19911,191330,697 Nevermind (6th)
by Nirvana
19921,241184,030 Automatic For The People (46th)
by R.E.M.
19931,377194,185 In Utero (45th)
by Nirvana
19941,487325,451 Grace (41st)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,485255,833 The Bends (15th)
by Radiohead
19961,615196,090 Pinkerton (109th)
by Weezer
19971,669312,434 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19981,591215,540 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19991,727190,997 Ágætis Byrjun (73rd)
by Sigur Rós
Total14,5412,318,168

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 83 8%
1991 83 8%
1992 100 10%
1993 99 10%
1994 124 12%
1995 113 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 104 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 271 27%
Canada 37 4%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 21 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 13 1%
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