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.
19902,784133,660
19912,839256,213
19923,000168,408
19933,210189,855
19943,468283,990
19953,669216,828
19963,867185,254
19974,040259,840
19984,092193,541
19994,208181,478
Total35,1772,069,068

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 Richard David James.
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1996
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6,823
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1995
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6,802
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1997
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6,367
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1998
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6,218
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1997
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6,094
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1997
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6,012
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1995
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6,000
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1994
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5,877
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1999
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5,676
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1998
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5,655
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 86 9%
1991 81 8%
1992 104 10%
1993 107 11%
1994 125 13%
1995 111 11%
1996 109 11%
1997 96 10%
1998 96 10%
1999 85 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Manic Street Preachers 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Dream Theater 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 55%
United Kingdom 257 26%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Australia 21 2%
Sweden 14 1%
Japan 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
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