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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 28,000 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:1,057 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,145
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,240 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:860 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:24,457
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:85
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,197 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:526 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:12,906
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  84/100 (578 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:507 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,014
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:195
Average Rating:  79/100 (649 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:365 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,050
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:296
Average Rating:  78/100 (695 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,136
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  79/100 (439 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,498
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:498
Average Rating:  80/100 (424 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,208
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  76/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:3,960
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  77/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,720
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  77/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Current 93 3 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Louis Armstrong 2 0%
Johnny Cash 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 440 44%
United Kingdom 242 24%
Germany 48 5%
Canada 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 24 2%
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