Greatest Albums The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s  

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Alternative music as today's listeners know it was essentially invented in 1991. That's when the Grammys first began awarding a prize to rock albums that fell outside of mainstream musical genres, labeling these acts as simply "alternative." This catchall term encompassed revolutionary acts like Morrissey, Kate Bush, and perhaps the biggest alternative group of them all, Nirvana. These Grammy nominees penned some of the best alternative albums of the 1990s, and arguably some of the greatest rock records of all time.

What groundbreaking LP should top this 1990s alternative albums list? Maybe the honor should go to Nirvana. It should come as no surprise that the iconic band was nominated for several Grammys for Best Alternative Album throughout the '90s. Unfortunately, they didn't actually take home the trophy until 1996 – for Unplugged in New York – two years after Kurt Cobain's death.

In the later half of the '90s, Radiohead emerged as a Grammy favorite, winning the Best Alternative Album Award for OK Computer in 1998. Other notable releases featured on this list of the best 1990s album nominees include The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Post by Bjork.

Do you have a favorite '90s alternative Grammy winner? Vote the most deserving albums up to the top of the list.

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Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nevermind Nirvana - Nominated in 1992.

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OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
OK Computer Radiohead - Won in 1998.

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In Utero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
In Utero Nirvana - Nominated in 1994.

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MTV Unplugged in New York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana - Won in 1996.

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Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1994.

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The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails - Nominated in 1995.

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1997.

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Earthling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Earthling David Bowie - Nominated in 1998.

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Hello Nasty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Hello Nasty Beastie Boys - Won in 1999.

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Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Automatic for the People R.E.M. - Nominated in 1994.

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Homogenic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Homogenic Björk - Nominated in 1998.

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters - Nominated in 1996.

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Dookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Dookie Green Day - Won in 1995.

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Post is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Post Björk - Nominated in 1996.

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Odelay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Odelay Beck Hansen - Won in 1997.

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Under the Pink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Under the Pink Tori Amos - Nominated in 1995.

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From the Choirgirl Hotel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
From the Choirgirl Hotel Tori Amos - Nominated in 1999.

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Wish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Wish The Cure - Nominated in 1993.

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Dig Your Own Hole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Dig Your Own Hole The Chemical Brothers - Nominated in 1998.

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Airbag / How Am I Driving? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Airbag / How Am I Driving? Radiohead - Nominated in 1999.

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Adore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Adore The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1999.

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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Out of Time R.E.M. - Won in 1992.

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Bone Machine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Bone Machine Tom Waits - Won in 1993.

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Nonsuch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nonsuch XTC - Nominated in 1993.

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To Bring You My Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
To Bring You My Love PJ Harvey - Nominated in 1996.

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Mighty Like a Rose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello - Nominated in 1992.

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Boys for Pele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Boys for Pele Tori Amos - Nominated in 1997.

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't G... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Sinéad O'Connor - Won in 1991.

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The Fat of the Land is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Fat of the Land The Prodigy - Nominated in 1998.

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Is This Desire? is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Is This Desire? PJ Harvey - Nominated in 1999.

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Your Arsenal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Your Arsenal Morrissey - Nominated in 1993.

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Zooropa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Zooropa U2 - Won in 1994.

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The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America - Nominated in 1996.

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
New Adventures in Hi-Fi R.E.M. - Nominated in 1997.

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Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Sarah McLachlan - Nominated in 1995.

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The Sensual World is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Sensual World Kate Bush - Nominated in 1991.

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Good Stuff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Good Stuff The B-52's - Nominated in 1993.

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Star is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Star Belly - Nominated in 1994.

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God Shuffled His Feet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
God Shuffled His Feet Crash Test Dummies - Nominated in 1995.

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The Burdens of Being Upright is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Burdens of Being Upright Tracy Bonham - Nominated in 1997.

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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Doubt Jesus Jones - Nominated in 1992.

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All Shook Down is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
All Shook Down The Replacements - Nominated in 1991.

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Rumor and Sigh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Rumor and Sigh Richard Thompson - Nominated in 1992.

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Strange Angels is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Strange Angels Laurie Anderson - Nominated in 1991.

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Goodbye Jumbo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Goodbye Jumbo World Party - Nominated in 1991.