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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 teh decade, included Blur, Oasis, Pulp and Supergrass.

What are greatest albums of the 90s? Take a look here and you'll see.

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

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    Nevermind

    Nirvana More
    100
  2. 2
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    Pearl Jam More
    91
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers More
    86
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    Radiohead More
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    Siamese Dream

    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    84
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    Nirvana More
    83
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    Metallica

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    82
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    Superunknown

    Soundgarden More
    82
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    Rage Against the Machine

    Rage Against the Machine More
    81
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    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    80
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    Dirt

    Alice in Chains More
    79
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    Dookie

    Green Day More
    79
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    The Downward Spiral

    Nine Inch Nails More
    75
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    Weezer

    Weezer More
    74
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    Californication

    Red Hot Chili Peppers More
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    The Bends

    Radiohead More
    72
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    MTV Unplugged in New York

    Nirvana More
    72
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    Morning Glory

    Oasis More
    70
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    Use Your Illusion I

    Guns N' Roses More
    67
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    Jagged Little Pill

    Alanis Morissette More
    65
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    Achtung Baby

    U2 More
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    Badmotorfinger

    Soundgarden More
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    Tool More
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    Jar of Flies

    Alice in Chains More
    64
  25. 25
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    R.E.M. More
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    Odelay

    Beck Hansen More
    63
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    No Doubt More
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    Ill Communication

    Beastie Boys More
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    Evil Empire

    Rage Against the Machine More
    62
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    Sublime More
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    The Colour and the Shape

    Foo Fighters More
    62
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    The Chronic

    Dr. Dre More
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    Vs.

    Pearl Jam More
    61
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    Check Your Head

    Beastie Boys More
    61
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    Core

    Stone Temple Pilots More
    61
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    Garbage

    Garbage More
    60
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    Foo Fighters

    Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl More
    60
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    Undertow

    Tool More
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    Use Your Illusion II

    Guns N' Roses More
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    The Offspring More
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    The White Stripes More
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    Violator

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    Eminem More
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    American Recordings

    Johnny Cash More
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    R.E.M. More
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    Alice in Chains

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    Rage Against the Machine More
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    Parklife

    Blur More
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    Nirvana More
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    R.E.M. More
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