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The Best Albums of the 1990s

List Criteria: Vote on the best pop, dance, hip-hop, rap, rock, R&B and metal albums released in the 90s

List of the best albums released in the 1990s, from the years 1990 to 1999. These albums span all music genres – though tend to focus largely on popular music genres like rock, hip-hop, R&B and pop – and cover both new '90s bands that exploded on the scene along with older acts from previous generations that continued making music at the time. The list order is based both on votes and on individual lists made by users – to have the most influence on the rankings, add your own list of favorite '90s albums.

Popular trends in the '90s largely carried over from the previous decade, including a fascination with teen pop and dance pop music, along with the growing popularity of hip-hop and rap albums among a mainstream audience. The early 1990s were dominated by the West Coast gangsta rap sound, particularly following the release of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" in 1992. The mid '90s were notable for the shocking, violent deaths of two of the era's most popular rappers – Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Notorious BIG). Wallace's producer and collaborator, Sean "Puffy" Combs, went on to dominate the mainstream hip-hop charts in the ensuing years.

Contemporary R&B and soul – sometimes in the '90s grouped under the term "urban music" – also remained extremely popular with acts such as En Vogue, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Babyface, and R. Kelly dominating the charts.

Rock in the '90s was notable for the explosion of the "grunge" sound in the early part of the decade, with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam bringing the grimy, less polished style of the Pacific Northwest to mainstream radio. Later, the grunge trend melded with the popularity of what was termed "alternative rock," an umbrella term incorporating styles as varied as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sublime. British acts making up the "Britpop" sub-genre of rock, which remained popular throughout the decade, included Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Supergrass.
 

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    Nevermind

    Nirvana More
    100
  2. 2
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    Pearl Jam More
    92
  3. 3
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers More
    87
  4. 4
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    Radiohead More
    85
  5. 5
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    Nirvana More
    85
  6. 6
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    84
  7. 7
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    Metallica More
    82
  8. 8
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    Soundgarden More
    81
  9. 9
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    Alice in Chains More
    80
  10. 10
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    80
  11. 11
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    Rage Against the Machine More
    80
  12. 12
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    Green Day More
    79
  13. 13
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    The Downward Spiral

    Nine Inch Nails More
    75
  14. 14
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    Nirvana More
    74
  15. 15
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers More
    74
  16. 16
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    Weezer More
    73
  17. 17
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    Radiohead More
    73
  18. 18
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    Oasis More
    71
  19. 19
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    Guns N' Roses More
    67
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    Achtung Baby

    U2 More
    66
  21. 21
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    Soundgarden More
    66
  22. 22
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    Alanis Morissette More
    66
  23. 23
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    Alice in Chains More
    66
  24. 24
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    Automatic for the People

    R.E.M. More
    65
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    Odelay

    Beck Hansen More
    64
  26. 26
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    Tool More
    64
  27. 27
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    Beastie Boys More
    64
  28. 28
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    No Doubt More
    64
  29. 29
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    Rage Against the Machine More
    63
  30. 30
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    Pearl Jam More
    63
  31. 31
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    Stone Temple Pilots More
    63
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    Check Your Head

    Beastie Boys More
    62
  33. 33
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    Garbage More
    62
  34. 34
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    Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl More
    61
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    The Colour and the Shape

    Foo Fighters More
    61
  36. 36
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    Tool More
    61
  37. 37
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    Dr. Dre More
    60
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    Sublime

    Sublime More
    60
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    The White Stripes More
    59
  40. 40
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    Johnny Cash More
    58
  41. 41
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    Rage Against the Machine More
    58
  42. 42
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    Depeche Mode More
    57
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    R.E.M. More
    57
  44. 44
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    Nirvana More
    57
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    Smash

    The Offspring More
    57
  46. 46
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    R.E.M. More
    57
    added by: richerb
  47. 47
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    Alice in Chains More
    56
  48. 48
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    Blur More
    56
  49. 49
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    Jeff Buckley More
    53
  50. 50
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    Vitalogy

    Pearl Jam More
    53
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