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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 35,000 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, Jane's Addiction and R.E.M..
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,231 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,047
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,437 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,027 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,481
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,445 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,442
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  84/100 (703 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:612 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,336
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:201
Average Rating:  79/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,524
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  79/100 (825 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:405 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,879
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (529 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,198
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  77/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,055
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,444
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:571
Average Rating:  77/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,124
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  78/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Coleman Hawkins 2 0%
Gary Numan 2 0%
Die Ärzte 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 431 43%
United Kingdom 231 23%
Mixed Nationality 45 5%
Germany 44 4%
Canada 37 4%
Australia 30 3%
France 26 3%
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