Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 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.
19902,234135,079
19912,277301,715
19922,416185,187
19932,528204,987
19942,763325,559
19952,802240,988
19962,920210,325
19972,906306,140
19982,949217,716
19993,172206,069
Total26,9672,333,765

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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7,804
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7,208
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6,386
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6,172
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 81 8%
1991 81 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 100 10%
1998 96 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 544 54%
United Kingdom 252 25%
Canada 40 4%
Australia 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Sweden 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Best Artists of 1987
1. U2
2. Guns N' Roses
3. The Smiths
4. Prince
5. Dinosaur Jr.
6. Michael Jackson
7. R.E.M.
8. Sonic Youth
9. Def Leppard
10. Depeche Mode
11. The Cure
12. New Order
13. INXS
14. The Jesus And Mary Chain
15. Eric B. & Rakim
16. Midnight Oil
17. Pixies
18. Fleetwood Mac
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. David Sylvian
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