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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 37,000 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:1,239 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,981
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,465 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,032 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,465
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,479 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,499
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  84/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:629 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,712
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:198
Average Rating:  80/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:451 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,508
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  79/100 (846 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:429 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,080
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  79/100 (544 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:396 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,358
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:493
Average Rating:  80/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:398 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,304
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:497
Average Rating:  77/100 (460 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,420
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:581
Average Rating:  77/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,224
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  78/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 42 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%
The Bevis Frond 3 0%
Seigen Ono 2 0%
Tangerine Dream 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 433 43%
United Kingdom 231 23%
Mixed Nationality 46 5%
Germany 43 4%
Canada 35 4%
Australia 29 3%
France 25 3%
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