Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19902,214133,545
19912,267299,635
19922,399184,461
19932,501204,424
19942,711323,026
19952,753239,102
19962,871208,036
19972,870305,117
19982,904216,840
19993,128203,399
Total26,6182,317,585

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Weezer, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1997
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107,830
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1998
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55,794
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1991
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55,748
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1995
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46,476
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1991
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42,488
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1991
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25,578
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1995
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25,037
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1993
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24,466
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1993
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24,072
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1992
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23,762
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 80 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 108 11%
1996 114 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 98 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 55%
United Kingdom 252 25%
Canada 39 4%
Australia 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Sweden 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Live? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
Best Artists of 1988
1. Sonic Youth
2. Pixies
3. Talk Talk
4. Public Enemy
5. Metallica
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Tracy Chapman
8. N.W.A
9. R.E.M.
10. Jane's Addiction
11. Queensrÿche
12. Iron Maiden
13. Leonard Cohen
14. The Traveling Wilburys
15. The Pogues
16. The Go-Betweens
17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
18. Morrissey
19. U2
20. The Church
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