Best Albums of 1988

Listed below are the best albums of 1988 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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, Tracy Chapman, R.E.M., N.W.A and Iron Maiden.
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Year of Release:
1988
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Rank Score:
17,432
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Year of Release:
1988
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13,389
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1988
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11,178
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Year of Release:
1988
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7,130
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Year of Release:
1988
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5,038
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Year of Release:
1988
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Rank Score:
3,813
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Year of Release:
1988
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3,656
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Year of Release:
1988
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Rank Score:
3,506
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Year of Release:
1988
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3,498
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Year of Release:
1988
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2,556
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
The Bevis Frond 3 0%
Yoshio Ojima 2 0%
Laibach 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 429 43%
United Kingdom 236 24%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
Germany 42 4%
Australia 28 3%
France 28 3%
Canada 28 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 901 90%
Yes 99 10%
Live? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
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