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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 18,000 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, R.E.M., N.W.A, Jane's Addiction and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:764 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,398
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating:  84/100 (876 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:646 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:20,222
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (826 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:362 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:9,401
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:187
Average Rating:  77/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:8,653
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  84/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,583
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  77/100 (463 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,673
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  81/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,193
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:523
Average Rating:  78/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,093
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  77/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,075
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:538
Average Rating:  76/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,728
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:596
Average Rating:  76/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Jandek 2 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 361 45%
United Kingdom 196 25%
Germany 32 4%
Canada 30 4%
Australia 30 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 17 2%
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