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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 18,000 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, R.E.M., N.W.A, Jane's Addiction and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:758 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,815
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (869 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:641 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:20,040
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  84/100 (814 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:357 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:9,248
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  77/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:326 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:8,580
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  84/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,587
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  77/100 (464 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:3,613
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  81/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,131
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  77/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,087
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  76/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,044
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:537
Average Rating:  77/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,754
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:593
Average Rating:  76/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Laibach 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 362 46%
United Kingdom 191 24%
Germany 32 4%
Canada 30 4%
Australia 29 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 4%
France 12 2%
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