Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s by meccalecca (2020)

This is the decade when a hell of a lot of people thought Limp Bizkit kicked ass. I'm happy to say, I wasn't one of them.

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The leaves change colors to muted shades of orange, red and brown, eventually breaking loose and falling to the ground and returning to the earth. Autumn is my favorite season, as it feels like the perfect representation of who I am. Gone is the carefree fun of summer, but a colorful nostalgia remains. A sepia toned mix of emotions anticipating the impending doom of winter.

Red House Painters is the perfect representation of autumn.
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1993
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The day the robots came to life and learned to feel human emotion, they instantly regretted the curse that they had placed upon themselves. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1997
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108,133
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Exploring a strange alien universe with no prior knowledge. This place is surreal, indescribable, a little intense, but infinitely rewarding. [First added to this chart: 03/27/2013]
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1999
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22,783
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Drugs, religions, foreign travels, none of them could suppress the pain of his broken heart. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1999
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5,719
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The desired effect is created instantaneously. Transcendence. The material world is distant, and yet your feet remain firmly planted on the ground. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1997
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8,801
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Did you know that Stephen King's IT was filmed at the same location as PeeWee's Playhouse, at the exact same time. It got ugly. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1991
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572
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An airing of grievances never felt quite so motivated. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1990
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3,556
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Smoke fills a futuristic lounge filled with retro decor. A wounded woman steps up to a microphone and sings a passionate cover of a Nina Simone song you can't seem to remember the name of. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1997
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1,916
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The saturated colors of the heavens are intoxicating. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1990
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8,340
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There's a sense of accomplishment in slowly suffering to create something of value [First added to this chart: 03/19/2013]
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1992
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2,884
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 9 9%
1991 10 10%
1992 8 8%
1993 12 12%
1994 10 10%
1995 10 10%
1996 7 7%
1997 10 10%
1998 10 10%
1999 14 14%
Country Albums %


United States 66 66%
United Kingdom 25 25%
Iceland 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 4 from 26th to 22nd
The Bends
by Radiohead
climbers Up 2 from 18th to 16th
Souvlaki
by Slowdive
climbers Up 2 from 11th to 9th
Heaven Or Las Vegas
by Cocteau Twins
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 3 from 17th to 20th
The Low End Theory
by A Tribe Called Quest
fallers Down 3 from 25th to 28th
Bossanova
by Pixies
fallers Down 2 from 3rd to 5th
Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
by Spiritualized

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From 02/09/2019 11:13
Seriously good 90s chart; lots of great variety that doesn't get too bogged down in the genres from that decade which haven't aged well, plus your write-ups are often beautiful! Well done!!
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From 02/08/2019 20:44
Good and interesting list. Thanks for sharing!
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From 02/08/2019 12:20
Great Chart, thank you.
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From 01/04/2016 18:26
I love a lot of albums in this list and of course also your witty comments. I think I need to check out mr bungle
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From 03/22/2015 16:24
@meccalecca Fair enough sir, fair enough
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From 03/18/2015 21:30
@louisjwyatt Fair enough question. I do love 90s Sonic Youth. Just not quite enough for Goo or one of the other classics to crack this 100. However 80s Sonic Youth has a fine place on that decade chart.
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From 03/18/2015 20:58
So many albums I've tried listening to and couldn't get into. You might just have sparked my re-interest in them! My only qualm: where's Sonic Youth man?
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From 03/18/2015 19:22
Thats a good Chart and i like the personal descriptions.
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BEA-utiful
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From 03/18/2015 12:49
Good list. I like the way you described a lot of these albums, especially ok computer and in the aeroplanes over the sea.
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Best Albums of 2002
1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
2. Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol
3. A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay
4. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
5. Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age
6. You Forgot It In People by Broken Social Scene
7. Sea Change by Beck
8. ( ) by Sigur Rós
9. By The Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. Up The Bracket by The Libertines
11. In Absentia by Porcupine Tree
12. The Eminem Show by Eminem
13. Geogaddi by Boards Of Canada
14. American IV: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash
15. O by Damien Rice
16. Original Pirate Material by The Streets
17. The Rising by Bruce Springsteen
18. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
19. Audioslave by Audioslave
20. The Mantle by Agalloch
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