Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
19902,111188,923
19912,159486,633
19922,261284,868
19932,333306,991
In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,478498,945
19952,541375,132
19962,717310,519
Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,735485,832
19982,747331,667
19992,949302,623
Total25,0313,572,133

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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1996
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2,687
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1998
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2,685
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1999
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2,675
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1992
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2,668
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1993
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2,658
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1997
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2,656
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1996
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2,655
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1994
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2,637
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1999
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2,636
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1998
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2,632
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 21 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 82 8%
1992 98 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 108 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 101 10%
1999 88 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 55%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Sweden 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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