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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 25,000 greatest album charts.

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1988 year summaryThe best artists of 1988 were Sonic Youth, Pixies, Talk Talk, Public Enemy, Metallica, N.W.A, My Bloody Valentine, Jane's Addiction, Tracy Chapman and R.E.M..
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:31,105
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,150 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:791 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:23,488
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,097 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:11,453
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:187
Average Rating:  84/100 (531 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:11,220
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:195
Average Rating:  79/100 (602 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,549
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  78/100 (627 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,964
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  78/100 (396 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,021
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (393 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,813
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:528
Average Rating:  76/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,798
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  76/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,504
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:585
Average Rating:  77/100 (395 votes)
Comments: 32 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%
Johnny Cash 2 0%
The Lemonheads 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 433 44%
United Kingdom 234 24%
Germany 51 5%
Canada 46 5%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
Australia 32 3%
France 21 2%
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