Best Albums of 1988

Listed below are the best albums of 1988 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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, R.E.M., N.W.A and Iron Maiden.
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1988
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Rank Score:
17,679
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1988
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13,564
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1988
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11,275
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Year of Release:
1988
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7,083
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1988
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5,032
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1988
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3,837
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1988
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3,601
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Year of Release:
1988
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3,516
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1988
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3,456
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Year of Release:
1988
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2,600
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Best Albums of 1988 composition

Country Albums %


United States 429 43%
United Kingdom 235 23%
Germany 44 4%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 29 3%
Australia 28 3%
Canada 28 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 902 90%
Yes 101 10%
Live? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 29 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 985 98%
Yes 18 2%
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