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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, R.E.M. and Jane's Addiction.
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,121 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:35,453
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,304 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:924 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:25,455
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,268 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:573 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:13,606
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:179
Average Rating:  84/100 (622 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:545 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:12,217
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  79/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,263
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  78/100 (734 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:351 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,319
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  79/100 (465 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:4,573
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:513
Average Rating:  77/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:338 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,494
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  80/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,202
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:549
Average Rating:  77/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,043
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  77/100 (452 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Devo 3 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
Alien Sex Fiend 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 445 44%
United Kingdom 238 24%
Germany 43 4%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 30 3%
France 25 2%
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