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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 22,000 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, N.W.A, R.E.M., Jane's Addiction and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:843 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:28,500
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,010 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:715 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:21,958
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:79
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (951 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:397 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:10,249
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:192
Average Rating:  79/100 (522 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:394 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:9,992
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:197
Average Rating:  84/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:6,642
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  78/100 (543 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,941
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  78/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,765
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  80/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,610
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  76/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,455
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:541
Average Rating:  76/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:233 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,432
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:543
Average Rating:  77/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
R.E.M. 2 0%
The Lemonheads 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 44%
United Kingdom 222 25%
Germany 44 5%
Canada 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Australia 30 3%
France 19 2%
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