Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19902,487137,809
19912,563284,716
19922,713180,299
19932,846201,560
19943,105313,329
19953,231232,857
19963,418204,384
Pinkerton (110th)by Weezer
19973,421289,468
19983,381211,241
19993,548198,211
Total30,7132,253,872

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1991
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14,263
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1994
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1,658
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1990
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1,601
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Ireland U2
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1993
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1,588
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1993
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914
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402.
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Ireland U2
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1997
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743
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1996
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580
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1995
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317
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1996
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314
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1999
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295
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Total albums: 14. Page 1 of 2

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 76 8%
1992 101 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 128 13%
1995 117 12%
1996 116 12%
1997 100 10%
1998 94 9%
1999 82 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Ween 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 540 54%
United Kingdom 257 26%
Canada 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
11. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
12. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
13. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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