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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.

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

list ordered by

1
4,858 1,911
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana

2
3,593 2,038
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

3
3,275 1,999
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana

4
3,426 1,855
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica

5
3,109 1,941
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Red Hot Chili Peppers

6
2,632 2,413
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Radiohead

7
3,400 1,788
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Green Day

8
2,686 1,542
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Soundgarden

9
2,623 1,772
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Smashing Pumpkins

10
2,755 1,538
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains

11
2,955 1,626
Californication is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Red Hot Chili Peppers

12
2,821 1,353
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

13
2,698 1,447
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer

14
2,572 1,481
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

15
2,575 1,303
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dr. Dre

16
2,061 1,428
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nine Inch Nails

17
2,274 1,392
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
2,113 1,618
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

19
2,468 1,114
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

20
2,714 1,378
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alanis Morissette

21
1,830 1,104
Core is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Stone Temple Pilots

22
1,846 1,394
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tool

23
2,284 1,269
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
No Doubt

24
1,293 1,908
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

25
1,978 1,290
Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Guns N' Roses

26
1,430 1,275
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added R.E.M.

27
1,737 1,059
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beastie Boys

28
1,679 1,210
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

29
1,602 1,070
Enema of the State is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Blink-182

30
1,357 1,205
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Soundgarden

31
1,863 1,062
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

32
1,662 963
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains

33
1,843 1,088
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

34
1,885 1,017
Smash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Offspring

35
1,354 1,231
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage

36
1,256 1,083
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tool

37
1,459 1,107
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

38
1,348 1,025
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beastie Boys

39
1,410 1,082
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

40
1,158 693
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Snoop Dogg

41
1,119 1,370
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beck Hansen

42
1,007 1,018
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added R.E.M.

43
1,246 1,223
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

44
1,176 1,145
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

45
1,177 937
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

46
1,144 858
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

47
1,063 965
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

48
1,116 906
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Johnny Cash

49
901 1,188
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer

50
807 1,153
Violator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Depeche Mode