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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 16,000 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, Jane's Addiction, R.E.M. and Tracy Chapman.
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1.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:696 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,513
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (778 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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2.

Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:598 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:18,974
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating: 85/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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3.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,388
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:192
Average Rating: 77/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:6,743
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:243
Average Rating: 84/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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5.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:195 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,239
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:301
Average Rating: 77/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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6.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,361
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:451
Average Rating: 81/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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7.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,011
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:500
Average Rating: 77/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:2,871
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:519
Average Rating: 77/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,620
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:573
Average Rating: 76/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,513
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:595
Average Rating: 77/100 (248 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
The Beatles 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Thin White Rope 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 318 46%
United Kingdom 175 25%
Germany 28 4%
Australia 28 4%
Canada 27 4%
Mixed Nationality 22 3%
France 10 1%
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