Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19902,848133,242
19912,883256,252
19923,043168,309
19933,278190,318
19943,506283,431
19953,710215,842
19963,894184,405
19974,068257,039
19984,133192,711
19994,243180,960
Total35,6062,062,509

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Weezer and Nick Cave.
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Year of Release:
1996
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10,165
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1994
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9,886
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1990
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9,852
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1994
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9,728
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1991
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Rank Score:
9,273
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1994
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9,128
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1997
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9,022
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1994
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8,833
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1995
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8,762
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1991
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8,702
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 86 9%
1991 81 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 107 11%
1994 126 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 96 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 87 9%
Country Albums %


United States 543 54%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Australia 22 2%
Sweden 15 2%
Japan 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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