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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 35,000 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.
19901,952180,802 Violator (129th)
by Depeche Mode
19911,967471,190 Nevermind (10th)
by Nirvana
19921,990272,553 Automatic For The People (57th)
by R.E.M.
19932,069294,310 In Utero (52nd)
by Nirvana
19942,276479,730 Grace (48th)
by Jeff Buckley
19952,344365,223 The Bends (18th)
by Radiohead
19962,518296,853 Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,545468,200 OK Computer (1st)
by Radiohead
19982,515318,286 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (17th)
by Neutral Milk Hotel
19992,740290,335 Ágætis Byrjun (66th)
by Sigur Rós
Total22,9163,437,482

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:3,608 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:193,769
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,399 votes)
Comments: 707 comments
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2.

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1991Appears in:2,572 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:103,901
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (3,475 votes)
Comments: 361 comments
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3.

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Year of Release:1998Appears in:1,990 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:88,001
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,263 votes)
Comments: 367 comments
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4.

The BendsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:1995Appears in:2,228 charts
Rank in 1995:1Rank Score:85,614
Rank in 1990s4Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (3,105 votes)
Comments: 266 comments
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5.

LovelessIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,706 charts
Rank in 1991:2Rank Score:63,259
Rank in 1990s5Overall Rank:25
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,870 votes)
Comments: 257 comments
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6.

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,428 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:45,387
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:41
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,839 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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7.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?United Kingdom Oasis
Year of Release:1995Appears in:1,374 charts
Rank in 1995:2Rank Score:43,174
Rank in 1990s7Overall Rank:43
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,971 votes)
Comments: 187 comments
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8.

GraceUnited States Jeff Buckley
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,333 charts
Rank in 1994:1Rank Score:40,971
Rank in 1990s8Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,512 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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9.

In UteroUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1993Appears in:1,360 charts
Rank in 1993:1Rank Score:40,003
Rank in 1990s9Overall Rank:52
Average Rating:  84/100 (2,066 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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10.

Automatic For The PeopleUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1992Appears in:1,394 charts
Rank in 1992:1Rank Score:37,719
Rank in 1990s10Overall Rank:57
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,681 votes)
Comments: 138 comments
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 84 8%
1991 84 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 125 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 100 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Aphex Twin 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Nirvana 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Beck 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 551 55%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Sweden 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
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