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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 20,000 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., N.W.A, Jane's Addiction and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:804 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:27,300
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (939 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:674 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:20,953
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:78
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (879 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:10,090
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:184
Average Rating:  79/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:9,252
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  84/100 (390 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:6,066
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:294
Average Rating:  78/100 (501 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,797
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  81/100 (318 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,410
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  78/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,240
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:537
Average Rating:  76/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,217
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:540
Average Rating:  77/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,954
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  76/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Pixies 2 0%
Erasure 2 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 351 44%
United Kingdom 203 25%
Germany 34 4%
Canada 31 4%
Australia 30 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 18 2%
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