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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.
19902,033184,702 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19912,050478,820 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,131279,145 Automatic For The People (58th)
by R.E.M.
19932,183301,246 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,354490,389 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,438371,250 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,616304,311 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,653477,120 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,624326,089 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,868296,636 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,9503,509,708

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:857 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:19,750
Rank in 1990s28Overall Rank:132
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,027 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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58.

Heaven Or Las VegasUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1990Appears in:492 charts
Rank in 1990:2Rank Score:9,539
Rank in 1990s58Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  82/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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68.

NowhereUnited Kingdom Ride
Year of Release:1990Appears in:438 charts
Rank in 1990:3Rank Score:7,598
Rank in 1990s68Overall Rank:363
Average Rating:  81/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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76.

Rust In PeaceUnited States Megadeth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1990:4Rank Score:6,792
Rank in 1990s76Overall Rank:393
Average Rating:  79/100 (538 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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78.

BossanovaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1990Appears in:425 charts
Rank in 1990:5Rank Score:6,711
Rank in 1990s78Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  79/100 (709 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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93.

GooUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:420 charts
Rank in 1990:6Rank Score:5,553
Rank in 1990s93Overall Rank:479
Average Rating:  80/100 (580 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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96.


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Ritual De Lo HabitualUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1990Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1990:7Rank Score:5,439
Rank in 1990s96Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  77/100 (398 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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120.

RepeaterUnited States Fugazi
Year of Release:1990Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1990:8Rank Score:4,326
Rank in 1990s120Overall Rank:594
Average Rating:  81/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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132.

Fear Of A Black PlanetUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1990Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 1990:9Rank Score:4,078
Rank in 1990s132Overall Rank:633
Average Rating:  79/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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138.

The La'sUnited Kingdom The La's
Year of Release:1990Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 1990:10Rank Score:3,794
Rank in 1990s138Overall Rank:677
Average Rating:  77/100 (346 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 85 9%
1992 101 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 99 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
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Country Albums %


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