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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 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.
19902,037184,779 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19912,053479,312 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,135279,624 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,187301,332 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,358491,316 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,442371,509 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,618304,881 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,653477,645 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,625326,495 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,869296,875 Ágætis Byrjun (65th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,9773,513,768

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:1,279 charts
Rank in 1993:2Rank Score:36,952
Rank in 1990s11Overall Rank:60
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,520 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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12.

Ágætis ByrjunIceland Sigur Rós
Year of Release:1999Appears in:1,126 charts
Rank in 1999:1Rank Score:33,917
Rank in 1990s12Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,360 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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13.

Weezer (The Blue Album)United States Weezer
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,151 charts
Rank in 1994:2Rank Score:32,864
Rank in 1990s13Overall Rank:68
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,528 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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14.

Mellon Collie And The Infinite SadnessUnited States The Smashing Pumpkins
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,193 charts
Rank in 1995:3Rank Score:31,547
Rank in 1990s14Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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15.

Achtung BabyIreland U2
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,055 charts
Rank in 1991:4Rank Score:29,543
Rank in 1990s15Overall Rank:78
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,498 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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16.

Definitely MaybeUnited Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,013 charts
Rank in 1994:3Rank Score:29,237
Rank in 1990s16Overall Rank:80
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,543 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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17.

DummyUnited Kingdom Portishead
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,185 charts
Rank in 1994:4Rank Score:29,220
Rank in 1990s17Overall Rank:81
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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18.

IllmaticUnited States Nas
Year of Release:1994Appears in:989 charts
Rank in 1994:5Rank Score:28,824
Rank in 1990s18Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,191 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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19.

The Soft BulletinUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1999Appears in:1,022 charts
Rank in 1999:2Rank Score:26,117
Rank in 1990s19Overall Rank:94
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,232 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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20.

Rage Against The MachineUnited States Rage Against The Machine
Year of Release:1992Appears in:970 charts
Rank in 1992:2Rank Score:25,739
Rank in 1990s20Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,301 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 85 9%
1992 101 10%
1993 102 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%
Green Day 5 1%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 257 26%
Canada 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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