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.
19902,441137,244
19912,520288,952
19922,671181,934
19932,794202,714
19943,040318,468
19953,175234,465
19963,349209,041
19973,371294,344
19983,319213,633
19993,487201,216
Total30,1672,282,010

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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1991
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1991
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1995
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234
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1999
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1990
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233
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1993
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232
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1998
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232
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1998
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 85 9%
1991 78 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 124 12%
1995 111 11%
1996 117 12%
1997 101 10%
1998 93 9%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 55%
United Kingdom 256 26%
Canada 38 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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