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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 38,000 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.
19902,093188,135 Violator (130th)
by Depeche Mode
19912,147485,642 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19922,250284,759 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,320306,762 In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,430498,299 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,532374,675 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,703309,911 Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,715485,102 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,701331,032 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,938301,719 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total24,8293,566,038

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
21.

PinkertonUnited States Weezer
Year of Release:1996Appears in:923 charts
Rank in 1996:1Rank Score:25,398
Rank in 1990s21Overall Rank:102
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,259 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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22.

SpiderlandUnited States Slint
Year of Release:1991Appears in:822 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:22,747
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:112
Average Rating:  84/100 (961 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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23.

Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)United States Wu-Tang Clan
Year of Release:1993Appears in:829 charts
Rank in 1993:3Rank Score:22,455
Rank in 1990s23Overall Rank:114
Average Rating:  84/100 (981 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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24.

MTV Unplugged In New YorkUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1994Appears in:879 charts
Rank in 1994:6Rank Score:22,009
Rank in 1990s24Overall Rank:118
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,633 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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25.

Blood Sugar Sex MagikUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1991Appears in:883 charts
Rank in 1991:6Rank Score:22,005
Rank in 1990s25Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,455 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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26.

If You're Feeling SinisterUnited Kingdom Belle And Sebastian
Year of Release:1996Appears in:851 charts
Rank in 1996:2Rank Score:21,654
Rank in 1990s26Overall Rank:120
Average Rating:  84/100 (985 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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27.

HomogenicIceland Björk
Year of Release:1997Appears in:861 charts
Rank in 1997:2Rank Score:20,856
Rank in 1990s27Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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28.

ViolatorUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1990Appears in:892 charts
Rank in 1990:1Rank Score:20,224
Rank in 1990s28Overall Rank:130
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,051 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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29.

MezzanineUnited Kingdom Massive Attack
Year of Release:1998Appears in:817 charts
Rank in 1998:2Rank Score:18,924
Rank in 1990s29Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,002 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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30.

CalifornicationUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1999Appears in:804 charts
Rank in 1999:3Rank Score:18,698
Rank in 1990s30Overall Rank:146
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,366 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 83 8%
1992 98 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 107 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 101 10%
1999 88 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Green Day 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 544 54%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Australia 25 3%
Sweden 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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