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Best Albums of the 1990s

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.
19902,033184,702 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19912,050478,820 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,131279,145 Automatic For The People (58th)
by R.E.M.
19932,183301,246 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,354490,389 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,438371,250 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,616304,311 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,653477,120 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,624326,089 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,868296,636 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,9503,509,708

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
31.

MezzanineUnited Kingdom Massive Attack
Year of Release:1998Appears in:787 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:18,278
Rank in 1990s31Overall Rank:147
Average Rating:  83/100 (978 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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32.

Either/OrUnited States Elliott Smith
Year of Release:1997Appears in:749 charts
Rank in 1997:3Rank Score:18,219
Rank in 1990s32Overall Rank:148
Average Rating:  84/100 (875 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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33.

MetallicaUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1991Appears in:711 charts
Rank in 1991:7Rank Score:16,985
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:156
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,228 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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34.

Slanted And EnchantedUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1992Appears in:741 charts
Rank in 1992:3Rank Score:16,956
Rank in 1990s34Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  83/100 (955 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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35.

The Downward SpiralMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:702 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:16,873
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:158
Average Rating:  82/100 (899 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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36.

DookieUnited States Green Day
Year of Release:1994Appears in:780 charts
Rank in 1994:8Rank Score:16,515
Rank in 1990s36Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,201 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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37.

Crooked Rain, Crooked RainUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1994Appears in:739 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:16,281
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  83/100 (896 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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38.

ParklifeUnited Kingdom Blur
Year of Release:1994Appears in:802 charts
Rank in 1994:10Rank Score:16,014
Rank in 1990s38Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,126 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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39.

SouvlakiUnited Kingdom Slowdive
Year of Release:1993Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 1993:4Rank Score:15,977
Rank in 1990s39Overall Rank:169
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (713 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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40.

Different ClassUnited Kingdom Pulp
Year of Release:1995Appears in:695 charts
Rank in 1995:4Rank Score:15,710
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  81/100 (813 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 85 9%
1992 101 10%
1993 101 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%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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