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.
19902,418136,868
19912,479292,847
19922,645183,249
19932,743203,925
19942,997319,932
19953,133236,774
19963,310209,825
19973,300297,867
19983,207215,547
19993,445202,995
Total29,6772,299,829

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Weezer, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1991
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1993
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235
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1995
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235
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1992
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234
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1994
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234
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234
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 83 8%
1991 81 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 100 10%
1994 128 13%
1995 110 11%
1996 117 12%
1997 102 10%
1998 94 9%
1999 83 8%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pearl Jam 5 1%
Alice In Chains 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
Ween 5 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 543 54%
United Kingdom 257 26%
Canada 38 4%
Australia 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Sweden 16 2%
Ireland 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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