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.
19902,113189,279
19912,161486,940
19922,263284,879
19932,335307,507
In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,499499,776
19952,547375,291
19962,718310,636
Pinkerton (101st)
by Weezer
19972,736486,533
19982,752332,236
19992,951303,111
Total25,0753,576,188

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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25,478
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1991
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22,719
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1993
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22,233
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1991
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22,168
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1994
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22,112
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1996
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21,705
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1997
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20,983
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1990
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20,304
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1998
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18,846
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1999
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18,805
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 82 8%
1992 99 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 107 11%
1996 110 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 101 10%
1999 88 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 544 54%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Sweden 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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