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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 29,000 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:1,076 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,314
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,261 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:880 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:24,551
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,224 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:545 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:13,166
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:179
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (592 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:519 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,034
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (661 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,065
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  78/100 (713 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:331 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,216
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  78/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,456
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,215
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  77/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,063
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:549
Average Rating:  77/100 (300 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,875
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  77/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
R.E.M. 2 0%
The Fall 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 438 44%
United Kingdom 239 24%
Germany 47 5%
Canada 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 24 2%
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