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.
19902,106188,804
19912,158486,486
19922,259284,959
19932,331307,046
In Utero (53rd)
by Nirvana
19942,477498,874
19952,539375,291
19962,715310,780
Pinkerton (102nd)
by Weezer
19972,733485,804
19982,745331,661
19992,947302,714
Total25,0103,572,419

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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1994
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1,115
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1996
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1,109
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1994
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1,092
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1993
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1,089
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1990
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1,089
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1996
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1,084
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1998
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1,082
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1998
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1,082
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1993
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1,077
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1999
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1,072
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 42 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 81 8%
1992 98 10%
1993 103 10%
1994 127 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 101 10%
1999 88 9%
Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Canada 36 4%
Australia 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
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