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.
19902,857133,001
19912,908256,132
19923,061168,373
19933,287190,472
19943,525283,546
19953,737215,909
19963,912184,397
19974,072256,395
19984,149192,556
19994,278180,318
Total35,7862,061,100

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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6,838
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1996
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6,734
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1997
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6,330
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1998
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6,277
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1995
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6,028
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1997
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6,005
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1994
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5,950
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1997
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5,906
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1998
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5,905
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1999
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5,576
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 86 9%
1991 80 8%
1992 103 10%
1993 107 11%
1994 126 13%
1995 112 11%
1996 108 11%
1997 96 10%
1998 95 10%
1999 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Blur 6 1%
The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Autechre 5 1%
R.E.M. 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 544 54%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Australia 22 2%
Sweden 15 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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