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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 23,000 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:904 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,824
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,086 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:22,490
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,037 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:10,796
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:196
Average Rating:  84/100 (483 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:428 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:10,780
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:197
Average Rating:  79/100 (567 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,219
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  78/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:263 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,544
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  78/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,855
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:506
Average Rating:  76/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,793
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  76/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,569
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:538
Average Rating:  80/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,484
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:556
Average Rating:  77/100 (376 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%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 404 43%
United Kingdom 224 24%
Germany 48 5%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Canada 38 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 21 2%
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