Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 49,000 greatest album charts.

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1990s decade summary
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.
19902,599137,291
19912,669272,658
19922,820174,923
19932,977196,054
19943,256300,789
19953,408227,684
19963,647195,901
Pinkerton (117th)by Weezer
19973,773278,594
19983,796203,999
19993,821192,523
Total32,7662,180,416

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana (US), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1997
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5,049
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1994
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3,627
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1996
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2,343
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1990
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2,189
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1998
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1,387
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1992
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1,045
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1990
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792
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596
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1999
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588
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503
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Total albums: 23. Page 1 of 3

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 88 9%
1991 80 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 111 11%
1996 110 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 96 10%
1999 82 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 540 54%
United Kingdom 255 26%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Australia 23 2%
Sweden 17 2%
Japan 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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