The Best Albums of the 1990s

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Nevermind Nirvana

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    Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Blood Sugar Sex Magik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Dirt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

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    Weezer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Californication is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails

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    MTV Unplugged in New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Ænima is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Core is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    Core Stone Temple Pilots

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    Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Automatic for the People R.E.M.

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    Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Soundgarden

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    Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


    Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

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    Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Odelay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Violator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    Out of Time R.E.M.

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    The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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    The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s


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