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Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 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.
19902,037184,762 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19912,052479,276 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,133279,595 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,186301,361 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,358491,343 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,441371,628 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,617304,560 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,653477,554 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,624326,664 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,869296,673 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,9703,513,415

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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RankAlbumArtist
35.

The Downward SpiralMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:703 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:16,928
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:158
Average Rating:  82/100 (900 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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98.

The FragileMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1999Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1999:12Rank Score:5,243
Rank in 1990s98Overall Rank:505
Average Rating:  78/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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161.

The ScoreMixed Nationality Fugees
Year of Release:1996Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1996:20Rank Score:3,249
Rank in 1990s161Overall Rank:774
Average Rating:  75/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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221.

Emperor Tomato KetchupMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1996Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1996:27Rank Score:2,401
Rank in 1990s221Overall Rank:1,029
Average Rating:  81/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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311.

Dots And LoopsMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1997Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1997:30Rank Score:1,604
Rank in 1990s311Overall Rank:1,458
Average Rating:  78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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390.

Transient Random-Noise Bursts With AnnouncementsMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1993Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1993:33Rank Score:1,167
Rank in 1990s390Overall Rank:1,896
Average Rating:  80/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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401.

Mermaid AvenueMixed Nationality Billy Bragg & Wilco
Year of Release:1998Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1998:46Rank Score:1,126
Rank in 1990s401Overall Rank:1,952
Average Rating:  77/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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412.

Songs For DrellaMixed Nationality Lou Reed & John Cale
Year of Release:1990Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1990:35Rank Score:1,082
Rank in 1990s412Overall Rank:2,024
Average Rating:  76/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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485.

BrokenMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1992Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1992:46Rank Score:871
Rank in 1990s485Overall Rank:2,397
Average Rating:  76/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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501.

SupernaturalMixed Nationality Santana
Year of Release:1999Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1999:48Rank Score:818
Rank in 1990s501Overall Rank:2,508
Average Rating:  73/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 85 9%
1992 101 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 110 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 99 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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