Top Ten Rock Albums of Each Year - 1990-1999

Criteria: These Albums were chosen for their immediate and lasting popularity, impact, influence, originality, and acclaim from critics and musicians.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1990

1. Fear of a Black Planet
Public Enemy
2. Violator
Depeche Mode
3. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Ice Cube
4. Ritual De Lo Habitual
Jane's Addiction
5. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Sinead O'Connor
6. Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
MC Hammer
7. Mama Said Knock You Out
LL Cool J
8. Shake Your Money Maker
Black Crowes
9. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
Happy Mondays
10. Ragged Glory
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1991

1. Nevermind
Nirvana
2. Ten
Pearl Jam
3. Achtung Baby
U2
4. Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album)
Metallica
5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
7. Out of Time
R.E.M.
8. Use Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses
9. Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses
10. Blue Lines
Massive Attack
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1992

1. The Chronic
Dr. Dre
2. Automatic for the People
R.E.M.
3. Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
4. Dirt
Alice In Chains
5. Unplugged
Eric Clapton
6. What's the 411?
Mary J. Blige
7. Check Your Head
Beastie Boys
8. 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of...
Arrested Development
9. Slanted and Enchanted
Pavement
10. Vulgar Display of Power
Pantera
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1993

1. In Utero
Nirvana
2. Enter the Wu-tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan
3. Siamese Dream
Smashing Pumpkins
4. Doggystyle
Snoop Doggy Dogg
5. Vs.
Pearl Jam
6. August and Everything After
Counting Crows
7. Debut
Björk
8. Tuesday Night Music Club
Sheryl Crow
9. Midnight Marauders
A Tribe Called Quest
10. Exile in Guyville
Liz Phair
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1994

1. Dookie
Green Day
2. Ready to Die
Notorious B.I.G.
3. Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
4. Illmatic
Nas (1994)
5. Superunknown
Soundgarden (1994)
6. MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana
7. CrazySexyCool
TLC (1994)
8. Weezer
Weezer
9. Definitely Maybe
Oasis
10. Grace
Jeff Buckley
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1995

1. Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
2. (What's the Story) Morning Glory
Oasis
3. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Smashing Pumpkins
4. Me Against the World
2pac
5. The Bends
Radiohead
6. Tragic Kingdom
No Doubt
7. Post
Björk
8. Different Class
Pulp
9. To Bring You My Love
PJ Harvey
10. Daydream
Mariah Carey
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1996

1. The Score
Fugees
2. All Eyez on Me
2pac
3. Odelay
Beck
4. Ænima
Tool
5. Sublime
Sublime
6. Reasonable Doubt
Jay-Z
7. Endtroducing...
DJ Shadow
8. Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox 20
9. Pinkerton
Weezer
10. ATLiens
Outkast
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1997

1. OK Computer
Radiohead
2. Life After Death
The Notorious B.I.G.
3. Baduizm
Erykah Badu
4. Urban Hymns
The Verve
5. Supa Dupa Fly
Missy Elliott
6. The Fat of the Land
The Prodigy
7. Time Out of Mind
Bob Dylan
8. Homogenic
Björk
9. Dig Your Own Hole
Chemical Brothers
10. Homework
Daft Punk
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1998

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
2. Aquemini
Outkast
3. Ray of Light
Madonna
4. Hello Nasty
Beastie Boys
5. Devil Without a Cause
Kid Rock
6. You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Fatboy Slim
7. Follow the Leader
Korn
8. Mezzanine
Massive Attack
9. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
10. Moon Safari
Air
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1999

1. The Slim Shady LP
Eminem
2. Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Supernatural
Santana
4. Play
Moby
5. 2001
Dr. Dre
6. The Battle of Los Angeles
Rage Against the Machine
7. Black on Both Sides
Mos Def
8. Things Fall Apart
Roots
9. The Soft Bulletin
Flaming Lips
10. The Writing's on the Wall
Destiny's Child

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Last Updated: 2022-09-08