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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 19,000 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:774 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,446
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:52
Average Rating:  84/100 (904 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:652 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:20,499
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:78
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (852 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:371 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:9,694
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:183
Average Rating:  79/100 (476 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:8,954
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:204
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,979
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  77/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,660
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:465
Average Rating:  81/100 (305 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,326
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:513
Average Rating:  78/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,071
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:551
Average Rating:  76/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,021
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:559
Average Rating:  77/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,911
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:587
Average Rating:  76/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Erasure 2 0%
Pixies 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 366 45%
United Kingdom 199 24%
Germany 33 4%
Canada 31 4%
Australia 30 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 4%
France 17 2%
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