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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 17,000 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., Jane's Addiction, N.W.A and Tracy Chapman.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:734 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,173
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (843 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:626 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:19,486
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  84/100 (786 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:332 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:8,834
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  77/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:7,730
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:220
Average Rating:  84/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:5,346
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:309
Average Rating:  77/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:3,412
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  81/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,082
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  76/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,000
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  77/100 (253 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:2,903
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:538
Average Rating:  77/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:2,726
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  76/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
The Beatles 4 1%
Current 93 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
The Fall 2 0%
John Zorn 2 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 349 45%
United Kingdom 189 25%
Germany 30 4%
Canada 29 4%
Australia 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
France 11 1%
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