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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 30,000 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.
19901,624160,722 Violator (130th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,646432,477 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,776251,181 Automatic For The People (55th)
by R.E.M.
19931,847266,159 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,050442,133 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,145338,843 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,274273,814 Pinkerton (103rd)
by Weezer
19972,309432,030 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,271295,189 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,502267,386 Ágætis Byrjun (62nd)
by Sigur Rós
Total20,4443,159,933

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:773 charts
Rank in 1996:1Rank Score:22,346
Rank in 1990s21Overall Rank:103
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,026 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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22.

Blood Sugar Sex MagikUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1991Appears in:778 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:20,867
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:111
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,260 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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23.

If You're Feeling SinisterUnited Kingdom Belle And Sebastian
Year of Release:1996Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1996:2Rank Score:19,701
Rank in 1990s23Overall Rank:116
Average Rating:  83/100 (818 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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24.

MTV Unplugged In New YorkUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1994Appears in:736 charts
Rank in 1994:6Rank Score:19,535
Rank in 1990s24Overall Rank:118
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,388 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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25.

SpiderlandUnited States Slint
Year of Release:1991Appears in:659 charts
Rank in 1991:6Rank Score:19,364
Rank in 1990s25Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  84/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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26.

Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)United States Wu-Tang Clan
Year of Release:1993Appears in:667 charts
Rank in 1993:3Rank Score:19,062
Rank in 1990s26Overall Rank:123
Average Rating:  84/100 (802 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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27.

ViolatorUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1990Appears in:742 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:17,760
Rank in 1990s27Overall Rank:130
Average Rating:  83/100 (852 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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28.

CalifornicationUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1999Appears in:684 charts
Rank in 1999:3Rank Score:17,185
Rank in 1990s28Overall Rank:136
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,173 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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29.

Endtroducing.....United States DJ Shadow
Year of Release:1996Appears in:639 charts
Rank in 1996:3Rank Score:16,951
Rank in 1990s29Overall Rank:139
Average Rating:  84/100 (723 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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30.

HomogenicIceland Björk
Year of Release:1997Appears in:687 charts
Rank in 1997:2Rank Score:16,729
Rank in 1990s30Overall Rank:140
Average Rating:  84/100 (842 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 81 8%
1991 79 8%
1992 105 11%
1993 101 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 111 11%
1997 100 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 557 56%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 30 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 15 2%
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