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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 35,000 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.
19901,953180,784 Violator (129th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,967471,294 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,991272,856 Automatic For The People (58th)
by R.E.M.
19932,069294,616 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,276479,980 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,344365,473 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,517297,023 Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,544468,299 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,515318,310 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,740290,363 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total22,9163,438,999

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
37.

The Downward SpiralMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:15,881
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  82/100 (855 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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99.

The FragileMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1999Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1999:13Rank Score:5,086
Rank in 1990s99Overall Rank:506
Average Rating:  78/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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225.

Emperor Tomato KetchupMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1996Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1996:27Rank Score:2,275
Rank in 1990s225Overall Rank:1,055
Average Rating:  80/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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306.

Dots And LoopsMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1997Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1997:30Rank Score:1,602
Rank in 1990s306Overall Rank:1,416
Average Rating:  78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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381.

Transient Random-Noise Bursts with AnnouncementsMixed Nationality Stereolab
Year of Release:1993Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1993:31Rank Score:1,172
Rank in 1990s381Overall Rank:1,839
Average Rating:  80/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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392.

Mermaid AvenueMixed Nationality Billy Bragg & Wilco
Year of Release:1998Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1998:45Rank Score:1,139
Rank in 1990s392Overall Rank:1,884
Average Rating:  77/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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415.

Songs For DrellaMixed Nationality Lou Reed & John Cale
Year of Release:1990Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1990:34Rank Score:1,068
Rank in 1990s415Overall Rank:1,994
Average Rating:  77/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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482.

BrokenMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1992Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1992:46Rank Score:879
Rank in 1990s482Overall Rank:2,328
Average Rating:  77/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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690.

Into The LabyrinthMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1993Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1993:71Rank Score:527
Rank in 1990s690Overall Rank:3,441
Average Rating:  78/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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736.

Breaking AtomsMixed Nationality Main Source
Year of Release:1991Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1991:59Rank Score:485
Rank in 1990s736Overall Rank:3,674
Average Rating:  80/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 84 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 100 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 551 55%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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