Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19902,404136,814
19912,450295,412
19922,626183,533
19932,716205,138
19942,973322,317
19953,105239,049
19963,290211,042
19973,229300,293
19983,170217,299
19993,409204,265
Total29,3722,315,164

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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1994
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12,226
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1998
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11,995
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1991
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11,987
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1991
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11,050
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1997
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10,697
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1991
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10,622
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1994
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10,529
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1995
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10,241
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1994
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9,590
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1999
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9,504
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 83 8%
1992 101 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 108 11%
1996 117 12%
1997 99 10%
1998 97 10%
1999 83 8%
Country Albums %


United States 545 55%
United Kingdom 256 26%
Canada 38 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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