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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 35,000 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.
19901,954180,934 Violator (129th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,968471,475 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,991272,998 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,069294,813 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,277480,356 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,344365,610 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,517297,318 Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,545468,333 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,515318,517 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,741290,428 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total22,9213,440,782

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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11.

Siamese DreamUnited States The Smashing Pumpkins
Year of Release:1993Appears in:1,245 charts
Rank in 1993:2Rank Score:36,168
Rank in 1990s11Overall Rank:60
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,462 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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12.

Ágætis ByrjunIceland Sigur Rós
Year of Release:1999Appears in:1,084 charts
Rank in 1999:1Rank Score:33,139
Rank in 1990s12Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,311 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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13.

Weezer (The Blue Album)United States Weezer
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,121 charts
Rank in 1994:2Rank Score:32,417
Rank in 1990s13Overall Rank:68
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,462 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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14.

Mellon Collie And The Infinite SadnessUnited States The Smashing Pumpkins
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,166 charts
Rank in 1995:3Rank Score:30,716
Rank in 1990s14Overall Rank:74
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,421 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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15.

Achtung BabyIreland U2
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,027 charts
Rank in 1991:4Rank Score:29,077
Rank in 1990s15Overall Rank:78
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,460 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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16.

Definitely MaybeUnited Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1994Appears in:982 charts
Rank in 1994:3Rank Score:28,817
Rank in 1990s16Overall Rank:80
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,502 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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17.

DummyUnited Kingdom Portishead
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 1994:4Rank Score:28,517
Rank in 1990s17Overall Rank:81
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,257 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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18.

IllmaticUnited States Nas
Year of Release:1994Appears in:960 charts
Rank in 1994:5Rank Score:27,928
Rank in 1990s18Overall Rank:85
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,136 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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19.

The Soft BulletinUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1999Appears in:1,006 charts
Rank in 1999:2Rank Score:26,212
Rank in 1990s19Overall Rank:92
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,193 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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20.

Rage Against The MachineUnited States Rage Against The Machine
Year of Release:1992Appears in:940 charts
Rank in 1992:2Rank Score:25,225
Rank in 1990s20Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,265 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 83 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 110 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 99 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 550 55%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 19 2%
Norway 14 1%
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