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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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1988 year summaryThe best artists of 1988 were Sonic Youth, Pixies, Talk Talk, Public Enemy, Metallica, My Bloody Valentine, N.W.A, R.E.M., Tracy Chapman and Jane's Addiction.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,001 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:32,361
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,188 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:826 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:23,951
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,141 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:498 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:12,255
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:181
Average Rating:  84/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:11,570
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  79/100 (628 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,636
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  78/100 (661 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,924
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  78/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,083
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  80/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,935
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:534
Average Rating:  76/100 (364 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,847
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:543
Average Rating:  77/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,729
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:564
Average Rating:  77/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
John Zorn 2 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 435 43%
United Kingdom 239 24%
Germany 52 5%
Canada 47 5%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
Australia 32 3%
France 22 2%
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