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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 37,000 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:1,256 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,136
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,480 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,047 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,609
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,503 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:679 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,698
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  84/100 (742 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:636 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,818
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (782 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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5.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:459 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,516
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  79/100 (868 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,151
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  79/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,391
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:491
Average Rating:  78/100 (468 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:395 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,294
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  80/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,423
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  77/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,309
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  79/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
The Bevis Frond 3 0%
Jacques Brel 3 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Giant Sand 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 432 43%
United Kingdom 229 23%
Mixed Nationality 49 5%
Germany 41 4%
Canada 32 3%
Australia 29 3%
France 26 3%
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