Best Albums of the 1990s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1990s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19902,215133,679
19912,268299,629
19922,398184,688
19932,499204,732
19942,706323,229
19952,735239,478
19962,869207,972
19972,869305,276
19982,902216,884
19993,127203,568
Total26,5882,319,135

The best artists of the 1990s were Radiohead, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Weezer, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Richard David James.
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1997
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107,911
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1998
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55,820
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1991
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55,733
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1995
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46,530
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1991
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42,590
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1991
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25,536
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1995
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24,955
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1993
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24,453
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1993
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24,152
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1992
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23,810
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1990s composition

Year Albums %


1990 82 8%
1991 80 8%
1992 102 10%
1993 102 10%
1994 129 13%
1995 109 11%
1996 114 11%
1997 99 10%
1998 97 10%
1999 86 9%
Artist Albums %


The Flaming Lips 6 1%
Blur 6 1%
Pavement 5 1%
Tori Amos 5 1%
Stereolab 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
Suede 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 55%
United Kingdom 251 25%
Canada 40 4%
Australia 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Sweden 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Live? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
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