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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.

1
4,747 1,853
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nevermind Nirvana

2
3,515 1,968
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ten Pearl Jam

3
3,200 1,945
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
In Utero Nirvana

4
3,347 1,795
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica Metallica

5
3,050 1,890
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
2,564 2,346
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
OK Computer Radiohead

7
2,619 1,498
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Superunknown Soundgarden

8
2,561 1,728
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins

9
3,331 1,733
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dookie Green Day

10
2,688 1,499
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dirt Alice in Chains

11
2,902 1,572
Californication is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

12
2,645 1,401
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer Weezer

13
2,747 1,321
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

14
2,519 1,442
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

15
2,020 1,393
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails

16
2,062 1,582
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

17
2,202 1,364
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
2,460 1,265
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Chronic Dr. Dre

19
2,674 1,345
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette

20
1,778 1,076
Core is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Core Stone Temple Pilots

21
1,800 1,357
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ænima Tool

22
2,250 1,230
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

23
1,264 1,862
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

24
1,402 1,246
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Automatic for the People R.E.M.

25
1,937 1,263
Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses

26
1,694 1,037
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ill Communication Beastie Boys

27
1,637 1,181
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vs. Pearl Jam

28
1,827 1,037
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

29
1,317 1,179
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Badmotorfinger Soundgarden

30
1,623 938
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains

31
2,358 1,076
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

32
1,801 1,055
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

33
1,330 1,195
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage Garbage

34
1,844 991
Smash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Smash The Offspring

35
1,221 1,055
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Undertow Tool

36
1,427 1,076
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine

37
1,310 1,005
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Check Your Head Beastie Boys

38
1,374 1,052
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

39
1,095 1,342
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Odelay Beck Hansen

40
987 987
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
1,214 1,196
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

42
1,567 1,026
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
1,147 1,109
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

44
1,148 916
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vitalogy Pearl Jam

45
1,111 833
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

46
1,035 948
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

47
1,089 888
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
American Recordings Johnny Cash

48
783 1,134
Violator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Violator Depeche Mode

49
879 1,160
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pinkerton Weezer

50
1,112 668
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg