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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:722 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:25,708
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (832 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:19,329
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (772 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:329 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,779
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:190
Average Rating:  77/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:7,525
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:227
Average Rating:  84/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,330
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  77/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,212
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  81/100 (272 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,042
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  77/100 (199 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:3,005
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  77/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,823
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:554
Average Rating:  77/100 (262 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,684
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  76/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
My Bloody Valentine 2 0%
Pixies 2 0%
Ali Farka Toure 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 344 46%
United Kingdom 184 25%
Germany 29 4%
Australia 28 4%
Canada 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
France 10 1%
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