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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
4,890 1,923
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana

2
3,608 2,056
Ten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

3
3,306 2,009
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana

4
3,444 1,868
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Metallica

5
3,129 1,948
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Red Hot Chili Peppers

6
2,650 2,423
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Radiohead

7
3,415 1,799
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Green Day

8
2,704 1,549
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Soundgarden

9
2,639 1,780
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Smashing Pumpkins

10
2,769 1,549
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains

11
2,966 1,633
Californication is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Red Hot Chili Peppers

12
2,839 1,357
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

13
2,589 1,485
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

14
2,714 1,453
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer

15
2,593 1,309
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dr. Dre

16
2,071 1,435
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Nine Inch Nails

17
2,291 1,398
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
2,128 1,622
(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

19
2,485 1,122
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

20
2,721 1,391
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alanis Morissette

21
1,841 1,112
Core is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Stone Temple Pilots

22
1,856 1,401
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tool

23
2,290 1,277
Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
No Doubt

24
1,296 1,918
Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

25
1,993 1,297
Use Your Illusion I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Guns N' Roses

26
1,437 1,281
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added R.E.M.

27
1,748 1,063
Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beastie Boys

28
1,687 1,213
Vs. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

29
1,613 1,078
Enema of the State is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Blink-182

30
1,364 1,212
Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Soundgarden

31
1,869 1,069
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

32
1,668 967
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Alice in Chains

33
1,852 1,093
Sublime: 10th Anniversary Delu... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

34
1,894 1,022
Smash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
The Offspring

35
1,359 1,236
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Garbage

36
1,263 1,088
Undertow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Tool

37
1,466 1,111
Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

38
1,354 1,027
Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beastie Boys

39
1,415 1,089
The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

40
1,167 697
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Snoop Dogg

41
1,125 1,371
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Beck Hansen

42
1,012 1,024
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
richerb added R.E.M.

43
1,251 1,227
Jar of Flies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Jar of Flies

44
1,179 1,149
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine

45
1,179 941
Vitalogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Pearl Jam

46
907 1,191
Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Weezer

47
1,150 863
Sixteen Stone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

48
1,070 968
Throwing Copper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s

49
1,121 907
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
Johnny Cash

50
811 1,154
Violator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of the 1990s
MantheoMacManus added Depeche Mode