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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 28,000 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.
19901,561151,102 Violator (132nd)
by Depeche Mode
19911,584416,139 Nevermind (7th)
by Nirvana
19921,698239,191 Automatic For The People (56th)
by R.E.M.
19931,781253,200 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19941,944423,222 Grace (42nd)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,035324,453 The Bends (17th)
by Radiohead
19962,173261,674 Pinkerton (99th)
by Weezer
19972,221411,505 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,172281,761 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (18th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,396254,459 Ágætis Byrjun (64th)
by Sigur Rós
Total19,5653,016,705

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:596 charts
Rank in 1997:2Rank Score:15,507
Rank in 1990s31Overall Rank:144
Average Rating:  84/100 (674 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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32.

HomogenicIceland Björk
Year of Release:1997Appears in:624 charts
Rank in 1997:3Rank Score:15,496
Rank in 1990s32Overall Rank:145
Average Rating:  84/100 (784 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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33.

MetallicaUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1991Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 1991:7Rank Score:15,423
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:147
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,009 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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34.

MezzanineUnited Kingdom Massive Attack
Year of Release:1998Appears in:606 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:14,902
Rank in 1990s34Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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35.

DookieUnited States Green Day
Year of Release:1994Appears in:618 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:14,851
Rank in 1990s35Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  78/100 (991 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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36.

ParklifeUnited Kingdom Blur
Year of Release:1994Appears in:656 charts
Rank in 1994:8Rank Score:14,454
Rank in 1990s36Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  80/100 (924 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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37.

The Downward SpiralUnited States Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1994Appears in:554 charts
Rank in 1994:9Rank Score:14,217
Rank in 1990s37Overall Rank:162
Average Rating:  81/100 (713 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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38.

Crooked Rain, Crooked RainUnited States Pavement
Year of Release:1994Appears in:594 charts
Rank in 1994:10Rank Score:13,990
Rank in 1990s38Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  84/100 (728 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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39.

Different ClassUnited Kingdom Pulp
Year of Release:1995Appears in:561 charts
Rank in 1995:4Rank Score:13,934
Rank in 1990s39Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  81/100 (680 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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40.

OdelayUnited States Beck
Year of Release:1996Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1996:4Rank Score:13,767
Rank in 1990s40Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (878 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 78 8%
1992 101 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 131 13%
1995 111 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 99 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 84 8%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 560 56%
United Kingdom 265 27%
Canada 32 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 13 1%
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