Best Albums of 1988

Listed below are the best albums of 1988 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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, Tracy Chapman, N.W.A, R.E.M. and Jane's Addiction.
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1988
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20,584
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1988
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15,641
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11,743
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7,510
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1988
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5,345
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1988
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3,923
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1988
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3,722
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3,714
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3,447
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2,738
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1988 composition

Country Albums %


United States 433 43%
United Kingdom 230 23%
Germany 47 5%
Mixed Nationality 45 5%
Australia 29 3%
Canada 27 3%
France 25 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 902 90%
Yes 98 10%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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