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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 27,000 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:1,015 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:33,175
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,209 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:833 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:23,892
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,163 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:504 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:12,314
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:184
Average Rating:  84/100 (561 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:484 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:11,540
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (635 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,744
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  78/100 (671 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,073
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  78/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,211
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:287 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,959
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:540
Average Rating:  76/100 (366 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,850
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  77/100 (287 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,701
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  77/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
NoMeansNo 2 0%
Coleman Hawkins 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 433 43%
United Kingdom 240 24%
Germany 50 5%
Canada 46 5%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
Australia 32 3%
France 23 2%
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