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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 24,000 greatest album charts.

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1988 year summaryThe best artists of 1988 were Sonic Youth, Pixies, Public Enemy, Talk Talk, 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:916 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:30,218
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,103 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:760 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:22,658
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,050 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:437 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:10,883
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:195
Average Rating:  79/100 (577 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:440 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:10,869
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:197
Average Rating:  84/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,377
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:285
Average Rating:  78/100 (598 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,807
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:424
Average Rating:  78/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,874
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:507
Average Rating:  76/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,788
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  76/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,630
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:539
Average Rating:  80/100 (374 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,486
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:560
Average Rating:  77/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
NoMeansNo 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 407 44%
United Kingdom 224 24%
Germany 48 5%
Canada 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 30 3%
France 21 2%
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