Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19902,533137,846
19912,604280,323
19922,762178,450
19932,891199,630
19943,171309,404
19953,315230,565
19963,521200,791
Pinkerton (115th)by Weezer
19973,563285,793
19983,452209,145
19993,620196,219
Total31,4322,228,167

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana (US), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1997
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92,662
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1991
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48,249
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1998
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48,114
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1995
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40,045
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1991
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39,649
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1991
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23,040
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1992
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22,173
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1993
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22,085
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1995
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21,846
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1993
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21,300
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 86 9%
1991 77 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 101 10%
1994 126 13%
1995 116 12%
1996 112 11%
1997 101 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 83 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Beck 5 1%
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5 1%
Sonic Youth 5 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 538 54%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Australia 24 2%
Sweden 18 2%
Japan 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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