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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 30,000 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:1,106 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,991
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,289 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:912 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:25,198
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,251 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:564 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:13,469
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:178
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (611 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:539 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,157
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:202
Average Rating:  79/100 (680 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,127
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  78/100 (725 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:343 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,295
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:326 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,521
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  77/100 (396 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,518
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:515
Average Rating:  80/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,180
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:547
Average Rating:  77/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,946
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:577
Average Rating:  77/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Beatles 4 0%
Devo 3 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Current 93 3 0%
The Bevis Frond 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 436 44%
United Kingdom 242 24%
Germany 45 4%
Canada 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 30 3%
France 25 2%
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