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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 24,000 greatest album charts.

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1988 year summaryThe best artists of 1988 were Sonic Youth, Pixies, Talk Talk, Public Enemy, Metallica, N.W.A, My Bloody Valentine, Jane's Addiction, Tracy Chapman and R.E.M..
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:928 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:30,382
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,124 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:770 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:22,942
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,067 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:451 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:11,133
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:192
Average Rating:  84/100 (508 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:447 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:11,089
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:195
Average Rating:  79/100 (586 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,381
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  78/100 (605 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,868
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:425
Average Rating:  78/100 (383 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,835
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:516
Average Rating:  76/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,827
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  80/100 (383 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,795
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:523
Average Rating:  76/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,458
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  77/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
My Bloody Valentine 2 0%
Lee Greenwood 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 411 44%
United Kingdom 225 24%
Germany 50 5%
Canada 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 21 2%
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