Alternative Music 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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26 9
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana - Nominated in 1992.

2
22 10
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nirvana - Nominated in 1994.

3
18 7
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Radiohead - Won in 1998.

4
18 9
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.

5
21 12
Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1994.

6
17 9
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1997.

7
13 7
The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nine Inch Nails - Nominated in 1995.

8
12 7
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
R.E.M. - Nominated in 1994.

9
11 7
Earthling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
David Bowie - Nominated in 1998.

10
10 8
Homogenic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Björk - Nominated in 1998.

11
10 8
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters - Nominated in 1996.

12
11 10
Dookie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Green Day - Won in 1995.

13
11 10
Hello Nasty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Beastie Boys - Won in 1999.

14
9 8
Post is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Björk - Nominated in 1996.

15
9 9
Odelay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Beck Hansen - Won in 1997.

16
6 9
New Adventures in Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
R.E.M. - Nominated in 1997.

17
5 8
From the Choirgirl Hotel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Tori Amos - Nominated in 1999.

18
5 8
Wish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Cure - Nominated in 1993.

19
5 9
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
R.E.M. - Won in 1992.

20
5 9
Under the Pink is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Tori Amos - Nominated in 1995.

21
5 9
Bone Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Tom Waits - Won in 1993.

22
6 11
Dig Your Own Hole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Chemical Brothers - Nominated in 1998.

23
5 10
Airbag / How Am I Driving? is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Airbag / How Am I Driving? Radiohead - Nominated in 1999.

24
5 10
Adore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Smashing Pumpkins - Nominated in 1999.

25
5 10
Boys for Pele is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Tori Amos - Nominated in 1997.

26
4 9
Nonsuch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Nonsuch XTC - Nominated in 1993.

27
4 9
To Bring You My Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
PJ Harvey - Nominated in 1996.

28
3 8
Mighty Like a Rose is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Elvis Costello - Nominated in 1992.

29
2 7
Your Arsenal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Morrissey - Nominated in 1993.

30
6 12
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Presidents of the United States of America - Nominated in 1996.

31
4 10
I Do Not Want What I Haven't G... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Sinéad O'Connor - Won in 1991.

32
3 9
The Fat of the Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Prodigy - Nominated in 1998.

33
3 9
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Sarah McLachlan - Nominated in 1995.

34
2 8
Is This Desire? is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
PJ Harvey - Nominated in 1999.

35
6 13
Zooropa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
U2 - Won in 1994.

36
2 9
The Sensual World is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Kate Bush - Nominated in 1991.

37
2 9
Good Stuff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The B-52's - Nominated in 1993.

38
1 7
Star is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Star Belly - Nominated in 1994.

39
2 10
God Shuffled His Feet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Crash Test Dummies - Nominated in 1995.

40
2 10
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.

41
1 8
Doubt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Jesus Jones - Nominated in 1992.

42
1 8
All Shook Down is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
The Replacements - Nominated in 1991.

43
0 7
Rumor and Sigh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Richard Thompson - Nominated in 1992.

44
0 8
Goodbye Jumbo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
World Party - Nominated in 1991.

45
0 8
Strange Angels is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s
Laurie Anderson - Nominated in 1991.