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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
4,753 1,856
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nevermind Nirvana

2
3,518 1,973
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ten Pearl Jam

3
3,206 1,948
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
In Utero Nirvana

4
3,351 1,797
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica Metallica

5
3,054 1,895
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
2,567 2,350
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
OK Computer Radiohead

7
3,337 1,738
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dookie Green Day

8
2,623 1,501
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Superunknown Soundgarden

9
2,564 1,731
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins

10
2,695 1,501
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dirt Alice in Chains

11
2,904 1,578
Californication is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

12
2,651 1,402
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer Weezer

13
2,753 1,323
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
2,521 1,445
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

15
2,021 1,396
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails

16
2,066 1,584
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

17
2,207 1,368
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
2,473 1,266
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Chronic Dr. Dre

19
2,676 1,349
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette

20
1,781 1,078
Core is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Core Stone Temple Pilots

21
1,806 1,360
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ænima Tool

22
2,254 1,233
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

23
2,370 1,077
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

24
1,267 1,866
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

25
1,405 1,249
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Automatic for the People R.E.M.

26
1,940 1,268
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
1,699 1,038
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Ill Communication Beastie Boys

28
1,639 1,185
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vs. Pearl Jam

29
1,831 1,039
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

30
1,319 1,181
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Badmotorfinger Soundgarden

31
1,628 940
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains

32
1,803 1,057
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

33
1,330 1,198
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage Garbage

34
1,846 994
Smash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Smash The Offspring

35
1,226 1,058
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Undertow Tool

36
1,431 1,080
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine

37
1,314 1,006
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Check Your Head Beastie Boys

38
1,570 1,029
Enema of the State is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Enema of the State Blink-182

39
1,378 1,054
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

40
1,097 1,343
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Odelay Beck Hansen

41
988 990
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added Out of Time R.E.M.

42
1,118 669
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

43
1,216 1,199
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

44
1,149 1,113
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
1,148 919
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Vitalogy Pearl Jam

46
1,112 834
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

47
1,037 949
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

48
1,089 889
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
American Recordings Johnny Cash

49
784 1,136
Violator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Violator Depeche Mode

50
880 1,161
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pinkerton Weezer