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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 15,000 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:688 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,527
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (762 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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2.

Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:576 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:18,328
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating: 85/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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3.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,203
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:194
Average Rating: 77/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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4.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:6,750
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:239
Average Rating: 84/100 (300 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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5.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,135
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:301
Average Rating: 78/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,238
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:461
Average Rating: 81/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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7.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:2,987
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:497
Average Rating: 77/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:2,790
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:527
Average Rating: 77/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,543
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:575
Average Rating: 76/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,452
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:598
Average Rating: 77/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
The Beatles 4 1%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Pixies 2 0%
The Nits 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 304 46%
United Kingdom 168 25%
Canada 27 4%
Australia 27 4%
Germany 24 4%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 10 2%
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