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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 17,000 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, Jane's Addiction, R.E.M., N.W.A and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:25,677
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (830 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:617 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:19,297
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (769 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:328 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,781
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:190
Average Rating:  77/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:7,516
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:227
Average Rating:  84/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,319
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  77/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,225
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:488
Average Rating:  81/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,040
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:520
Average Rating:  76/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,001
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  77/100 (248 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,818
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:553
Average Rating:  77/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,674
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  76/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 14 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Lee Greenwood 2 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
My Bloody Valentine 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 340 46%
United Kingdom 183 25%
Germany 29 4%
Canada 28 4%
Australia 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 4%
France 10 1%
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