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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.
19901,627160,729 Violator (130th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,650432,180 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,778251,272 Automatic For The People (55th)
by R.E.M.
19931,848266,564 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,055442,207 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,147339,147 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,275273,975 Pinkerton (103rd)
by Weezer
19972,310432,733 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,275295,779 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,504267,569 Ágætis Byrjun (62nd)
by Sigur Rós
Total20,4693,162,156

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.

Either/OrUnited States Elliott Smith
Year of Release:1997Appears in:653 charts
Rank in 1997:3Rank Score:16,212
Rank in 1990s31Overall Rank:146
Average Rating:  84/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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32.

MezzanineUnited Kingdom Massive Attack
Year of Release:1998Appears in:658 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:15,859
Rank in 1990s32Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  83/100 (825 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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33.

Slanted & EnchantedUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1992Appears in:625 charts
Rank in 1992:3Rank Score:15,858
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  83/100 (849 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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34.

MetallicaUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1991Appears in:592 charts
Rank in 1991:7Rank Score:15,546
Rank in 1990s34Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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35.

DookieUnited States Green Day
Year of Release:1994Appears in:659 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:15,103
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,038 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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36.

Crooked Rain, Crooked RainUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1994Appears in:630 charts
Rank in 1994:8Rank Score:14,709
Rank in 1990s36Overall Rank:162
Average Rating:  84/100 (773 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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37.

ParklifeUnited Kingdom Blur
Year of Release:1994Appears in:690 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:14,662
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  80/100 (972 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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38.

Different ClassUnited Kingdom Pulp
Year of Release:1995Appears in:597 charts
Rank in 1995:4Rank Score:14,635
Rank in 1990s38Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  81/100 (705 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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39.

The Downward SpiralUnited States Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:588 charts
Rank in 1994:10Rank Score:14,521
Rank in 1990s39Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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40.

OdelayUnited States Beck
Year of Release:1996Appears in:669 charts
Rank in 1996:4Rank Score:14,131
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  81/100 (924 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 81 8%
1991 79 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 114 11%
1997 100 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 556 56%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 30 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 16 2%
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