Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19902,462137,348
19912,535286,564
19922,696180,520
19932,815201,601
19943,080316,369
19953,202233,461
19963,374206,845
19973,391291,349
19983,357212,830
19993,529199,512
Total30,4412,266,398

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Weezer, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1997
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1991
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237
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1993
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237
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1995
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237
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1995
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237
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1994
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236
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1990
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236
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1999
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236
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1992
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235
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 76 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 128 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 116 12%
1997 101 10%
1998 93 9%
1999 84 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 540 54%
United Kingdom 257 26%
Canada 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Australia 26 3%
Sweden 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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