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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 27,000 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.
19901,512147,732 Violator (136th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,535406,300 Nevermind (8th)
by Nirvana
19921,651233,388 Automatic For The People (56th)
by R.E.M.
19931,734246,776 In Utero (51st)
by Nirvana
19941,890413,948 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19951,963318,316 The Bends (16th)
by Radiohead
19962,098255,780 Pinkerton (97th)
by Weezer
19972,167401,781 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,102275,728 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,333250,666 Ágætis Byrjun (65th)
by Sigur Rós
Total18,9852,950,415

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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21.

PinkertonUnited States Weezer
Year of Release:1996Appears in:712 charts
Rank in 1996:1Rank Score:21,647
Rank in 1990s21Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  84/100 (944 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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22.

Blood Sugar Sex MagikUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1991Appears in:705 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:20,028
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:108
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,169 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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23.

MTV Unplugged In New YorkUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1994Appears in:671 charts
Rank in 1994:6Rank Score:18,470
Rank in 1990s23Overall Rank:113
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,295 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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24.

If You're Feeling SinisterUnited Kingdom Belle And Sebastian
Year of Release:1996Appears in:657 charts
Rank in 1996:2Rank Score:17,982
Rank in 1990s24Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  84/100 (748 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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25.

Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)United States Wu-Tang Clan
Year of Release:1993Appears in:606 charts
Rank in 1993:3Rank Score:17,761
Rank in 1990s25Overall Rank:121
Average Rating:  84/100 (720 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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26.

SpiderlandUnited States Slint
Year of Release:1991Appears in:591 charts
Rank in 1991:6Rank Score:17,073
Rank in 1990s26Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  84/100 (706 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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27.

CalifornicationUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1999Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1999:3Rank Score:16,377
Rank in 1990s27Overall Rank:133
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,101 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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28.

ViolatorUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1990Appears in:640 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:15,991
Rank in 1990s28Overall Rank:136
Average Rating:  83/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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29.

Slanted & EnchantedUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1992Appears in:581 charts
Rank in 1992:3Rank Score:15,479
Rank in 1990s29Overall Rank:139
Average Rating:  83/100 (776 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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30.

Endtroducing.....United States DJ Shadow
Year of Release:1996Appears in:579 charts
Rank in 1996:3Rank Score:15,387
Rank in 1990s30Overall Rank:140
Average Rating:  84/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 85 9%
1991 79 8%
1992 96 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 130 13%
1995 111 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 100 10%
1998 97 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 557 56%
United Kingdom 265 27%
Canada 33 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 19 2%
Norway 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 13 1%
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