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.
19902,235135,171
19912,277301,503
19922,416185,176
19932,530204,886
19942,764325,334
19952,803240,865
19962,920210,285
19972,907306,090
19982,949217,655
19993,173205,956
Total26,9742,332,921

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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1994
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23,792
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1999
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23,285
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1994
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22,073
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1994
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20,804
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1995
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19,970
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1994
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19,830
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1991
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17,356
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1996
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16,630
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1999
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15,818
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1991
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15,696
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

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%
Radiohead 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Beck 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%
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