Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19902,432136,931
19912,500290,662
19922,651182,718
19932,770203,291
19943,019319,303
19953,160235,785
19963,330209,977
19973,327295,636
19983,248215,109
19993,463203,111
Total29,9002,292,523

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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1994
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3,338
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1996
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3,327
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1996
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3,302
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1997
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3,245
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1999
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3,192
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1993
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3,185
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1993
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3,157
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1996
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3,133
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1996
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3,126
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1994
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3,103
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 11 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 78 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 102 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 545 55%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 37 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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