Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19902,164133,044
19912,210301,610
19922,320186,602
19932,414206,904
19942,616322,448
19952,617239,662
19962,792207,314
19972,785306,115
19982,818216,732
19993,019202,575
Total25,7552,323,008

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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23,787
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1999
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22,963
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1994
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21,862
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1995
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20,146
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1994
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20,058
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1994
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19,869
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1991
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17,519
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1996
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17,045
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1999
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15,922
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1991
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15,889
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 79 8%
1991 81 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 112 11%
1997 104 10%
1998 96 10%
1999 84 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 541 54%
United Kingdom 256 26%
Canada 39 4%
Australia 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Sweden 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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