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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 16,000 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, N.W.A, Jane's Addiction, R.E.M. and Tracy Chapman.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:714 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,953
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: 84/100 (818 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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2.

Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:614 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:19,322
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:74
Average Rating: 84/100 (754 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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3.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,544
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:196
Average Rating: 77/100 (423 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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4.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:7,462
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:226
Average Rating: 84/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,339
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:300
Average Rating: 77/100 (440 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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6.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,392
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:467
Average Rating: 81/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,061
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:511
Average Rating: 77/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,050
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:513
Average Rating: 76/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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9.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,719
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:571
Average Rating: 77/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,609
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:591
Average Rating: 76/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 14 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Erasure 2 0%
R.E.M. 2 0%
Billie Holiday 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 336 46%
United Kingdom 181 25%
Germany 29 4%
Australia 28 4%
Canada 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 4%
France 10 1%
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