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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 33,000 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:1,172 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:36,919
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,368 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:968 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:26,257
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,338 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:617 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:14,797
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:171
Average Rating:  84/100 (666 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,770
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (725 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,799
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  79/100 (777 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:383 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,700
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  78/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:361 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,033
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  77/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:361 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,853
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  80/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,348
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:558
Average Rating:  77/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:338 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,115
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:587
Average Rating:  77/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Pixies 2 0%
Geinoh Yamashirogumi 2 0%
Devo 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 440 44%
United Kingdom 237 24%
Germany 41 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 26 3%
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