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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 36,000 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.
19902,007183,008 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19912,021475,787 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,089276,585 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,121298,249 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,323485,977 Grace (49th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,392368,746 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,574301,519 Pinkerton (100th)
by Weezer
19972,604472,273 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,572322,888 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,807294,841 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,5103,479,873

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
28.

ViolatorUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1990Appears in:847 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:19,588
Rank in 1990s28Overall Rank:132
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,008 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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59.

Heaven Or Las VegasUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1990Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1990:2Rank Score:9,245
Rank in 1990s59Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  83/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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69.

NowhereUnited Kingdom Ride
Year of Release:1990Appears in:428 charts
Rank in 1990:3Rank Score:7,537
Rank in 1990s69Overall Rank:361
Average Rating:  81/100 (503 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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76.

BossanovaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1990Appears in:421 charts
Rank in 1990:4Rank Score:6,675
Rank in 1990s76Overall Rank:395
Average Rating:  79/100 (697 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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80.

Rust In PeaceUnited States Megadeth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1990:5Rank Score:6,502
Rank in 1990s80Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  79/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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95.

GooUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:415 charts
Rank in 1990:6Rank Score:5,449
Rank in 1990s95Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  80/100 (567 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Ritual De Lo HabitualUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1990Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1990:7Rank Score:5,377
Rank in 1990s96Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  77/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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119.

RepeaterUnited States Fugazi
Year of Release:1990Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1990:8Rank Score:4,320
Rank in 1990s119Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  81/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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129.

Fear Of A Black PlanetUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1990Appears in:319 charts
Rank in 1990:9Rank Score:4,063
Rank in 1990s129Overall Rank:629
Average Rating:  79/100 (364 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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137.

The La'sUnited Kingdom The La's
Year of Release:1990Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1990:10Rank Score:3,852
Rank in 1990s137Overall Rank:662
Average Rating:  77/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 85 9%
1991 84 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 98 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 111 11%
1997 100 10%
1998 99 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 552 55%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 35 4%
Australia 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 19 2%
Norway 14 1%
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