Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 greatest album charts.

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1990s decade summary
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.
19902,843133,393
19912,877256,559
19923,042168,454
19933,273190,474
19943,504283,766
19953,709216,039
19963,892184,693
19974,066257,624
19984,125193,084
19994,235181,212
Total35,5662,065,298

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Weezer and Nick Cave.
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Year of Release:
1995
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940
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1991
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936
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1998
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1998
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933
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1992
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930
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1995
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929
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1992
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926
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1990
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923
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1999
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915
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Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 88 9%
1991 81 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 108 11%
1994 126 13%
1995 113 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 97 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 87 9%
Country Albums %


United States 543 54%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Australia 22 2%
Sweden 15 1%
Japan 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 987 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 996 99%
Yes 10 1%
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