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

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

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Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Nirvana (1991); Tracks: Breed, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Something in the Way
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Rage Against the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Rage Against the Machine (1992); Tracks: Township Rebellion, Wake Up, Bombtrack
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Ten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Pearl Jam (1991); Tracks: Black, Porch, Why Go
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Dookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Green Day (1994); Tracks: Pulling Teeth, F.O.D. / All by Myself, Chump
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Dirt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Alice in Chains (1992); Tracks: God Smack, Dam That River, Rooster
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Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Alanis Morissette (1995); Tracks: Hand in My Pocket, Forgiven, You Oughta Know
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Mellon Collie and the In... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By The Smashing Pumpkins (1995); Tracks: Cupid de Locke, Bagpipes Drone (Sadlands demo), Tonight
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Metallica (1991); Tracks: Of Wolf and Man, Nothing Else Matters, The Unforgiven
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Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Soundgarden (1994); Tracks: Black Hole Sun, Half, Kickstand
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Californication is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999); Tracks: Right on Time, Easily, Get on Top
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MTV Unplugged in New Yor... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
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In Utero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Nirvana (1993); Tracks: All Apologies, Scentless Apprentice, Pennyroyal Tea
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Blood Sugar Sex Magik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991); Tracks: Under the Bridge, Naked in the Rain, Mellowship Slinky in B major
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Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By The Smashing Pumpkins (1993); Tracks: Soma, Luna, Mayonaise
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Weezer (1994); Tracks: Surf Wax America, Undone - The Sweater Song, In the Garage
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Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Beastie Boys (1994); Tracks: Alright Hear This, Sabrosa, Bodhisattva Vow
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The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Nine Inch Nails (1994); Tracks: Ruiner, Piggy, The Becoming
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Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Guns N' Roses (1991); Tracks: November Rain, Don't Cry, Right Next Door to Hell
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(What's the Story) Morni... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Oasis (1995); Tracks: Roll With It, Morning Glory, Morning Glory
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The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Eminem (1999); Tracks: Paul (skit), My Fault, I'm Shady
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters (1995); Tracks: Big Me, This Is a Call, I’ll Stick Around
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Ænima is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Tool (1996); Tracks: Third Eye, Useful Idiot, Jimmy
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Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By No Doubt (1995); Tracks: World Go ’Round, Sixteen, Spiderwebs
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Vs. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Pearl Jam (1993); Tracks: Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Daughter, Animal
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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
By Alice in Chains (1995); Tracks: Over Now, Brush Away, Shame in You