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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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1
3,149 1,235
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nevermind Nirvana

The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s The Best Rock Vocalists

2
2,311 1,280
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ten Pearl Jam

3
2,093 1,218
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
In Utero Nirvana

4
2,000 1,229
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

5
1,755 1,457
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
OK Computer Radiohead

6
2,141 1,138
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica Metallica

7
2,155 1,129
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dookie Green Day

8
1,622 949
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Superunknown Soundgarden

9
1,681 1,150
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins

10
1,800 984
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dirt Alice in Chains

11
1,649 928
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

12
1,921 1,012
Californication is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

13
1,681 910
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer Weezer

14
1,809 884
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

15
1,281 915
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s The Worst Albums by Great Bands

16
1,323 1,013
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

17
1,474 883
MTV Unplugged in New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MTV Unplugged in New York

18
1,640 900
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette

19
907 1,173
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

20
1,414 842
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Chronic Dr. Dre

21
928 763
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Automatic for the People R.E.M.

22
1,386 822
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

23
1,019 655
Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Core Stone Temple Pilots

24
1,166 884
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ænima Tool

25
1,192 655
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

26
1,077 771
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vs. Pearl Jam

27
1,240 858
Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses

28
1,051 690
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ill Communication Beastie Boys

29
811 754
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Badmotorfinger Soundgarden

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 1990s 12 Struggles Every Sarcastic Person Understands

30
987 589
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains

31
1,424 726
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

32
908 667
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

33
834 778
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage Garbage

34
1,160 643
Smash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Smash The Offspring

35
909 710
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine

36
763 881
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Odelay Beck Hansen

37
1,109 718
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

38
818 687
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Check Your Head Beastie Boys

39
647 579
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Out of Time R.E.M.

40
755 676
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Undertow Tool

41
819 779
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

42
957 652
Enema of the State is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Enema of the State Blink-182

43
734 735
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

The Greatest Albums of All Time The Very Best Coconut Water Brands

44
617 468
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

45
679 570
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vitalogy Pearl Jam

46
611 573
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

47
510 697
Violator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Violator Depeche Mode

48
560 753
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pinkerton Weezer

49
717 673
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The White Stripes The White Stripes

50
676 587
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
American Recordings Johnny Cash