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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 28,000 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.
19901,569151,094 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19911,589416,530 Nevermind (7th)
by Nirvana
19921,699239,156 Automatic For The People (56th)
by R.E.M.
19931,781253,433 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19941,945423,920 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,036324,541 The Bends (17th)
by Radiohead
19962,174261,917 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,223411,546 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,185282,012 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,410254,669 Ágætis Byrjun (64th)
by Sigur Rós
Total19,6113,018,816

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
21.

PinkertonUnited States Weezer
Year of Release:1996Appears in:726 charts
Rank in 1996:1Rank Score:22,145
Rank in 1990s21Overall Rank:99
Average Rating:  84/100 (975 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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24.

If You're Feeling SinisterUnited Kingdom Belle And Sebastian
Year of Release:1996Appears in:677 charts
Rank in 1996:2Rank Score:18,591
Rank in 1990s24Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  84/100 (768 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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29.

Endtroducing.....United States DJ Shadow
Year of Release:1996Appears in:599 charts
Rank in 1996:3Rank Score:15,891
Rank in 1990s29Overall Rank:139
Average Rating:  84/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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40.

OdelayUnited States Beck
Year of Release:1996Appears in:629 charts
Rank in 1996:4Rank Score:13,837
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:167
Average Rating:  81/100 (879 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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42.

ÆnimaUnited States Tool
Year of Release:1996Appears in:411 charts
Rank in 1996:5Rank Score:12,778
Rank in 1990s42Overall Rank:182
Average Rating:  80/100 (602 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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75.

SublimeUnited States Sublime
Year of Release:1996Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1996:6Rank Score:5,975
Rank in 1990s75Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  74/100 (417 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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97.

Everything Must GoUnited Kingdom Manic Street Preachers
Year of Release:1996Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1996:7Rank Score:4,635
Rank in 1990s97Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  77/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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99.

Reasonable DoubtUnited States Jay-Z
Year of Release:1996Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1996:8Rank Score:4,568
Rank in 1990s99Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  73/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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TigermilkUnited Kingdom Belle And Sebastian
Year of Release:1996Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1996:9Rank Score:4,000
Rank in 1990s113Overall Rank:550
Average Rating:  81/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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117.

Soundtracks For The BlindUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1996Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1996:10Rank Score:3,808
Rank in 1990s117Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  82/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 78 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 131 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 99 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 84 8%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 561 56%
United Kingdom 265 27%
Canada 31 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 13 1%
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