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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, My Bloody Valentine, N.W.A, Jane's Addiction, Tracy Chapman and R.E.M..
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:891 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,470
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,065 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:752 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:22,565
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:81
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,015 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:428 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:10,629
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:192
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (472 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:10,539
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:196
Average Rating:  79/100 (555 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:300 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,158
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:282
Average Rating:  78/100 (580 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:4,343
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  78/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:3,724
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  77/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,721
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  76/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,627
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:529
Average Rating:  80/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,361
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:570
Average Rating:  77/100 (367 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%
NoMeansNo 2 0%
John Zorn 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 402 43%
United Kingdom 228 25%
Germany 47 5%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Canada 37 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 21 2%
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