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Best Albums of 1988

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1988 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 18,000 greatest album charts.

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1988 year summaryThe best artists of 1988 were Sonic Youth, Pixies, Public Enemy, Talk Talk, Metallica, My Bloody Valentine, R.E.M., Jane's Addiction, N.W.A and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:746 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,656
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (861 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:19,741
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  84/100 (797 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:9,027
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  77/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:7,903
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:222
Average Rating:  84/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,367
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  77/100 (455 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,584
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  81/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,088
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  76/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:2,998
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  77/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,971
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:540
Average Rating:  77/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,688
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:597
Average Rating:  76/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 15 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
My Bloody Valentine 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 351 45%
United Kingdom 191 25%
Canada 30 4%
Germany 29 4%
Australia 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 11 1%
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