Top Albums of 1988





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
18
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
2
64
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
3
98
Pixies Surfer Rosa Indie Rock
4
107
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton Gangsta Rap
5
367
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden Post-Rock
6
454
Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
7
493
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8
530
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
9
572
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man Singer/Songwriter, Sophisti-Pop
10
726
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
11
797
The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock
12
811
R.E.M. Green Jangle Pop
13
842
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
14
963
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
15
982
Dinosaur Jr. Bug Indie Rock, Noise Rock
16
1018
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues Celtic Rock
17
1112
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
18
1119
Happy Mondays Bummed Baggy / Madchester
19
1144
Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
20
1213
Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
21
1218
Metallica ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
22
1233
EPMD Strictly Business Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
23
1293
Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown Boom Bap
24
1316
Morrissey Viva Hate Jangle Pop
25
1427
Living Colour Vivid Funk Metal, Hard Rock
26
1473
Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America Alternative Singer/Songwriter
27
1583
Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
28
1602
Fingers Inc. Another Side Chicago House, Deep House
29
1687
The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
30
1692
The Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys, Volume One Pop Rock
31
1763
Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat Celtic Folk Music
32
1782
U2 Rattle and Hum Pop Rock
33
1911
Jungle Brothers Straight out the Jungle Conscious Hip Hop
34
1973
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Hardcore Hip Hop
35
1978
Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo, Songhai Music
36
1981
Pata Negra Blues de la frontera Flamenco Nuevo
37
1989
808 State Newbuild Acid House
38
2106
Pet Shop Boys Introspective Dance-Pop, Synthpop
39
2113
The House of Love The House of Love Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
40
2141
Ministry The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock
41
2221
Enya Watermark Celtic New Age
42
2248
American Music Club California Folk Rock, Slowcore
43
2259
Bad Religion Suffer Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk
44
2280
Slayer South of Heaven Thrash Metal
45
2288
Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Indie Rock
46
2405
Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
47
2425
Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff EP Garage Punk, Grunge
48
2431
Prince Lovesexy Contemporary R&B, Funk, Pop Rock
49
2517
Lyle Lovett Pontiac Alt-Country
50
2560
k.d. Lang Shadowland Nashville Sound
51
2604
The Church Starfish Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
52
2617
Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap Blues Rock
53
2901
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
54
2979
Mano Negra Patchanka Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Latin Alternative

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Guy Guy New Jack Swing
Steve Earle Copperhead Road Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
John Hiatt Slow Turning Americana, Singer/Songwriter
Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
They Might Be Giants Lincoln Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
Galaxie 500 Today Indie Pop, Slowcore
Green on Red Here Come the Snakes Paisley Underground
Front 242 Front by Front EBM
Danzig Danzig Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Steve Roach Dreamtime Return Tribal Ambient
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop, Experimental Rock
Graham Parker The Mona Lisa's Sister Pop Rock
Randy Newman Land of Dreams Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Crowded House Temple of Low Men Pop Rock
Wynton Marsalis Live at Blues Alley Hard Bop
Bobby Brown Don't Be Cruel Dance-Pop, New Jack Swing
Erasure The Innocents Synthpop
Biz Markie Goin' Off Boom Bap
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Heavy Metal
Was (Not Was) What Up, Dog? Pop
Hothouse Flowers People Folk Rock, Pop Rock
Everything But the Girl Idlewild Sophisti-Pop
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert Vocal Jazz
The Fall The Frenz Experiment Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
Barbara Manning Lately I Keep Scissors Singer/Songwriter
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore
Womack and Womack Conscience Contemporary R&B, Soul
The Feelies Only Life Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
Half Japanese Charmed Life Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock
The Wonder Stuff The Eight Legged Groove Machine Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Voivod Dimension Hatröss Progressive Metal, Technical Thrash Metal
Art Farmer Blame It on My Youth Jazz
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg Neoclassical Darkwave
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert Comedy Rock, Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock