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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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3,339 1,314
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 (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

2
2,440 1,375
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ten Pearl Jam

3
2,211 1,311
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
In Utero Nirvana

4
1,865 1,560
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
OK Computer Radiohead

5
2,115 1,313
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers

6
2,270 1,214
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica Metallica

7
2,289 1,199
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dookie Green Day

8
1,749 1,011
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Superunknown Soundgarden

9
1,787 1,206
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins

10
1,917 1,039
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dirt Alice in Chains

11
2,037 1,077
Californication is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

12
1,759 976
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

13
1,795 972
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer Weezer

14
1,917 929
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
1,359 970
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 15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

16
1,411 1,075
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

17
1,565 928
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
1,775 958
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette

19
956 1,243
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

20
1,105 695
Core is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Core Stone Temple Pilots

21
1,547 892
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Chronic Dr. Dre

22
1,486 856
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

23
979 818
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Automatic for the People R.E.M.

24
1,240 926
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ænima Tool

25
1,142 809
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vs. Pearl Jam

26
1,316 899
Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses

27
1,255 694
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

28
870 795
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Badmotorfinger Soundgarden

29
1,105 728
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ill Communication Beastie Boys

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 1990s 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

30
1,056 620
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains

31
965 707
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

32
1,243 678
Smash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Smash The Offspring

33
1,535 772
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

34
891 819
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage Garbage

35
964 742
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine

36
1,193 746
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

37
804 928
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Odelay Beck Hansen

38
852 719
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Check Your Head Beastie Boys

39
805 714
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Undertow Tool

40
680 616
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Out of Time R.E.M.

41
865 813
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

42
1,030 693
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
686 497
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

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44
779 767
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

45
742 599
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vitalogy Pearl Jam

46
665 600
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

47
542 735
Violator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Violator Depeche Mode

48
598 796
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pinkerton Weezer

49
764 712
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The White Stripes The White Stripes

50
711 617
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
American Recordings Johnny Cash