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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 35,000 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.
19901,953180,784 Violator (129th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,967471,294 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,991272,856 Automatic For The People (58th)
by R.E.M.
19932,069294,616 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,276479,980 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,344365,473 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,517297,023 Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,544468,299 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,515318,310 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,740290,363 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total22,9163,438,999

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:752 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:17,916
Rank in 1990s31Overall Rank:146
Average Rating:  83/100 (934 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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32.

Either/OrUnited States Elliott Smith
Year of Release:1997Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1997:3Rank Score:17,729
Rank in 1990s32Overall Rank:150
Average Rating:  84/100 (841 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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33.

Slanted & EnchantedUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1992Appears in:726 charts
Rank in 1992:3Rank Score:17,067
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  83/100 (930 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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34.

MetallicaUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1991Appears in:684 charts
Rank in 1991:7Rank Score:16,391
Rank in 1990s34Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,177 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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35.

DookieUnited States Green Day
Year of Release:1994Appears in:757 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:16,273
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:159
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,163 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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36.

ParklifeUnited Kingdom Blur
Year of Release:1994Appears in:780 charts
Rank in 1994:8Rank Score:15,997
Rank in 1990s36Overall Rank:162
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,084 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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37.

The Downward SpiralMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:15,881
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  82/100 (855 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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38.

Crooked Rain, Crooked RainUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1994Appears in:712 charts
Rank in 1994:10Rank Score:15,878
Rank in 1990s38Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  83/100 (858 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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39.

SouvlakiUnited Kingdom Slowdive
Year of Release:1993Appears in:647 charts
Rank in 1993:4Rank Score:15,813
Rank in 1990s39Overall Rank:168
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (672 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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40.

Different ClassUnited Kingdom Pulp
Year of Release:1995Appears in:676 charts
Rank in 1995:4Rank Score:15,715
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:170
Average Rating:  81/100 (779 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 84 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 100 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 551 55%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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