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.
19902,361135,660
19912,399297,574
19922,573184,715
19932,658205,689
19942,910323,401
19953,033240,391
19963,181212,293
19973,120302,499
19983,109217,928
19993,355205,789
Total28,6992,325,938

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.
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1994
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23,251
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1999
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22,620
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1994
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21,440
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1994
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20,943
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1994
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19,682
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1995
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19,643
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1991
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17,287
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1996
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16,455
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1997
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16,006
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1999
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15,467
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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 101 10%
1993 99 10%
1994 130 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 115 12%
1997 103 10%
1998 97 10%
1999 84 8%
Country Albums %


United States 543 54%
United Kingdom 251 25%
Canada 41 4%
Australia 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Live? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
Best Albums of 1988
1. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
2. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
3. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
4. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
5. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
6. Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
7. Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine
8. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A
9. Green by R.E.M.
10. Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
12. I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen
13. Operation: Mindcrime by Queensrÿche
14. The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 by The Traveling Wilburys
15. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
16. Tender Prey by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
17. 16 Lovers Lane by The Go-Betweens
18. Viva Hate by Morrissey
19. Rattle And Hum by U2
20. Starfish by The Church
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