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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 31,000 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, Tracy Chapman, R.E.M. and Jane's Addiction.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,134 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:35,903
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,318 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:944 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:25,935
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,297 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:593 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:14,176
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:175
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (637 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:552 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,346
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  79/100 (701 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:395 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,312
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:310
Average Rating:  78/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:365 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,438
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  79/100 (472 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,731
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  77/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,707
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (464 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,222
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:558
Average Rating:  77/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,107
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:570
Average Rating:  77/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Roy Harper 2 0%
Geinoh Yamashirogumi 2 0%
Duke Ellington 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 445 45%
United Kingdom 234 23%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Australia 32 3%
France 25 3%
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