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Best Albums of the 1990s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 36,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
19901,971181,921 Violator (129th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,985473,029 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,054274,914 Automatic For The People (56th)
by R.E.M.
19932,076296,456 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,305482,557 Grace (50th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,364367,505 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,538299,470 Pinkerton (100th)
by Weezer
19972,559470,284 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,529321,053 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,767292,810 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total23,1483,459,998

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, My Bloody Valentine, Weezer, R.E.M. and Jeff Buckley.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

OK ComputerUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1997Appears in:3,637 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:194,471
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,429 votes)
Comments: 711 comments
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2.

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1991Appears in:2,592 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:103,859
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (3,496 votes)
Comments: 362 comments
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3.

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Year of Release:1998Appears in:2,014 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:88,736
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,285 votes)
Comments: 370 comments
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4.

The BendsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1995Appears in:2,251 charts
Rank in 1995:1Rank Score:85,811
Rank in 1990s4Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (3,126 votes)
Comments: 269 comments
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5.

LovelessIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,721 charts
Rank in 1991:2Rank Score:63,500
Rank in 1990s5Overall Rank:25
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,887 votes)
Comments: 257 comments
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6.

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,440 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:45,495
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:41
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,856 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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7.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?United Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,393 charts
Rank in 1995:2Rank Score:43,380
Rank in 1990s7Overall Rank:43
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,987 votes)
Comments: 189 comments
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8.

GraceUnited States Jeff Buckley
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,348 charts
Rank in 1994:1Rank Score:40,889
Rank in 1990s8Overall Rank:50
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,520 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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9.

In UteroUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1993Appears in:1,379 charts
Rank in 1993:1Rank Score:40,178
Rank in 1990s9Overall Rank:52
Average Rating:  84/100 (2,085 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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10.

Automatic For The PeopleUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1992Appears in:1,411 charts
Rank in 1992:1Rank Score:37,976
Rank in 1990s10Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,692 votes)
Comments: 138 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 86 9%
1991 83 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 98 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 112 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 99 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Ween 6 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 549 55%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 20 2%
Norway 14 1%
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