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.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19902,333135,695
19912,370298,007
19922,535184,858
19932,624205,773
19942,889323,315
19952,996239,857
19963,158211,135
Pinkerton (100th)by Weezer
19973,079302,059
19983,081217,337
19993,321205,073
Total28,3862,323,109

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1993
Appears in:
Rank Score:
236
Rank in 1993:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1991
Appears in:
Rank Score:
236
Rank in 1991:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1998
Appears in:
Rank Score:
236
Rank in 1998:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1996
Appears in:
Rank Score:
235
Rank in 1996:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1993
Appears in:
Rank Score:
235
Rank in 1993:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1997
Appears in:
Rank Score:
235
Rank in 1997:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1998
Appears in:
Rank Score:
235
Rank in 1998:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1995
Appears in:
Rank Score:
235
Rank in 1995:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1990
Appears in:
Rank Score:
234
Rank in 1990:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1993
Appears in:
Rank Score:
234
Rank in 1993:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 81 8%
1991 81 8%
1992 101 10%
1993 98 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 104 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 86 9%
Country Albums %


United States 542 54%
United Kingdom 252 25%
Canada 40 4%
Australia 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Live? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
Recognised  Year Charts (2020)
1. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Rolling Stone (2020)
2. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Billboard (2020)
3. BPM’s Top 50 Albums Of 2020 by Beats Per Minute (2020)
4. The 50 best albums of 2020 by New Music Express (2020)
5. Best Albums of 2020 by Northern Transmissions (2020)
6. The 75 Best Albums of 2020 by The Alternative (2020)
7. Top 55 Albums Of 2020 by BrooklynVegan (2020)
8. Exclaim!'s 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Exclaim! (2020)
9. The Top 50 Albums of 2020 by Crack Magazine (2020)
10. The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2020 by The Wire (2020)
11. The Best Albums of 2020 by No Ripcord (2020)
12. Top 30 Albums Of 2020 by The Wild Honey Pie (2020)
13. Albums of the Year 2020 by Rough Trade (2020)
14. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Esquire (2020)
15. The Best Albums of 2020 by FLOOD Magazine (2020)
16. Quietus Albums Of The Year 2020 by The Quietus (2020)
17. Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2020 by Gorilla vs. Bear (2020)
18. Top 100 Albums of 2020 by Piccadilly Records (2020)
19. The Best Albums Of 2020 by Uproxx (2020)
20. 20 Best Albums of 2020 by Gaffa (2020)
Back to Top