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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:1,233 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,093
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,437 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,029 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,526
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,445 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,307
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  84/100 (704 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:614 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,391
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (753 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:449 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,520
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:290
Average Rating:  79/100 (826 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,882
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  78/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,208
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  77/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,132
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,449
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  77/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,143
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:602
Average Rating:  78/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 42 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%
Die Ärzte 2 0%
R.E.M. 2 0%
Yoshio Ojima 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 431 43%
United Kingdom 231 23%
Mixed Nationality 45 5%
Germany 44 4%
Canada 37 4%
Australia 30 3%
France 26 3%
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