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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 35,000 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:1,212 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,646
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,414 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,015 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,115
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,410 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:640 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:14,959
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  84/100 (693 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:600 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,274
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:197
Average Rating:  79/100 (739 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,420
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:288
Average Rating:  79/100 (813 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,909
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  79/100 (520 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,210
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:488
Average Rating:  77/100 (438 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:375 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,038
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  80/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,427
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:570
Average Rating:  77/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,117
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  78/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
The Beatles 4 0%
Frank Zappa 4 0%
Philip Glass 3 0%
Nanci Griffith 2 0%
Universal Congress Of 2 0%
Jandek 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 435 44%
United Kingdom 229 23%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Australia 31 3%
France 26 3%
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