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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 30,000 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.
19901,624160,722 Violator (130th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,646432,477 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,776251,181 Automatic For The People (55th)
by R.E.M.
19931,847266,159 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,050442,133 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,145338,843 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,274273,814 Pinkerton (103rd)
by Weezer
19972,309432,030 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,271295,189 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,502267,386 Ágætis Byrjun (62nd)
by Sigur Rós
Total20,4443,159,933

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
27.

ViolatorUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1990Appears in:743 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:17,774
Rank in 1990s27Overall Rank:130
Average Rating:  83/100 (853 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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65.

Heaven Or Las VegasUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1990Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1990:2Rank Score:7,425
Rank in 1990s65Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  82/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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68.

NowhereUnited Kingdom Ride
Year of Release:1990Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 1990:3Rank Score:6,684
Rank in 1990s68Overall Rank:360
Average Rating:  82/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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75.

BossanovaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1990Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 1990:4Rank Score:6,259
Rank in 1990s75Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  79/100 (588 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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81.

Rust In PeaceUnited States Megadeth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1990:5Rank Score:5,821
Rank in 1990s81Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  79/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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93.

GooUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:352 charts
Rank in 1990:6Rank Score:5,026
Rank in 1990s93Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  80/100 (481 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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Ritual De Lo HabitualUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1990Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1990:7Rank Score:4,805
Rank in 1990s100Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  77/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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129.

Fear Of A Black PlanetUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1990Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1990:8Rank Score:3,678
Rank in 1990s129Overall Rank:619
Average Rating:  79/100 (309 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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135.

The La'sUnited Kingdom The La's
Year of Release:1990Appears in:251 charts
Rank in 1990:9Rank Score:3,471
Rank in 1990s135Overall Rank:658
Average Rating:  77/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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136.

RepeaterUnited States Fugazi
Year of Release:1990Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 1990:10Rank Score:3,469
Rank in 1990s136Overall Rank:660
Average Rating:  81/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 81 8%
1991 79 8%
1992 105 11%
1993 101 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 111 11%
1997 100 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 557 56%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 30 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 15 2%
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