Top Albums of 1988

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 18 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
2 62 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
3 95 Pixies Surfer Rosa Indie Rock
4 112 N.W.A Straight Outta Compton Gangsta Rap
5 384 Talk Talk Spirit of Eden Post-Rock
6 412 Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
7 472 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8 518 My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
9 538 Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man Singer/Songwriter, Sophisti-Pop
10 744 The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
11 756 The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock
12 765 R.E.M. Green Jangle Pop
13 771 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
14 917 Dinosaur Jr. Bug Indie Rock, Noise Rock
15 933 Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
16 1010 Happy Mondays Bummed Baggy / Madchester
17 1021 The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues Celtic Rock
18 1091 Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
19 1102 Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
20 1142 Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
21 1186 Metallica ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
22 1223 Morrissey Viva Hate Jangle Pop
23 1228 EPMD Strictly Business Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
24 1257 Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown Boom Bap
25 1411 Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America Alternative Singer/Songwriter
26 1416 Living Colour Vivid Funk Metal, Hard Rock
27 1464 Fingers Inc. Another Side Chicago House, Deep House     
28 1521 The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
29 1649 Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
30 1689 U2 Rattle and Hum Pop Rock
31 1749 Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat Celtic Folk Music
32 1752 The Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys, Volume One Pop Rock
33 1882 Ministry The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock
34 1887 Jungle Brothers Straight out the Jungle Conscious Hip Hop
35 1906 Pet Shop Boys Introspective Dance-Pop, Synthpop
36 1938 808 State Newbuild Acid House
37 1980 American Music Club California Folk Rock, Slowcore
38 2012 The House of Love The House of Love Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
39 2051 Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Hardcore Hip Hop
40 2066 Pata Negra Blues de la frontera Flamenco Nuevo     
41 2091 Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Indie Rock
42 2234 Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff EP Grunge
43 2236 Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
44 2244 Prince Lovesexy Contemporary R&B, Funk, Pop Rock
45 2307 Slayer South of Heaven Thrash Metal
46 2338 Enya Watermark Celtic New Age
47 2376 Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo, Songhai Music
48 2438 k.d. Lang Shadowland Nashville Sound
49 2575 Lyle Lovett Pontiac Alt-Country
50 2664 Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap Blues Rock
51 2753 Mano Negra Patchanka Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Latin Alternative     
52 2937 Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
53 2961 Galaxie 500 Today Indie Pop, Slowcore
54 2962 Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
55 2968 Bad Religion Suffer Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk
56 2991 Steve Earle Copperhead Road Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Church Starfish Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Green on Red Here Come the Snakes Paisley Underground
They Might Be Giants Lincoln Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
Guy Guy New Jack Swing
John Hiatt Slow Turning Americana, Singer/Songwriter
Randy Newman Land of Dreams Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Front 242 Front by Front EBM
Graham Parker The Mona Lisa's Sister Pop Rock
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop, Experimental Rock
Crowded House Temple of Low Men Pop Rock
Steve Roach Dreamtime Return Tribal Ambient
Bobby Brown Don't Be Cruel Dance-Pop, New Jack Swing
Was (Not Was) What Up, Dog? Pop
Danzig Danzig Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Erasure The Innocents Synthpop     
Hothouse Flowers People Folk Rock, Pop Rock
The Fall The Frenz Experiment Alternative Rock, Post-Punk     
Everything But the Girl Idlewild Sophisti-Pop
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Heavy Metal     
Biz Markie Goin' Off Boom Bap     
Womack and Womack Conscience Contemporary R&B, Soul
The Feelies Only Life Jangle Pop, Post-Punk     
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert Vocal Jazz
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore     
Barbara Manning Lately I Keep Scissors Singer/Songwriter          
Voivod Dimension Hatröss Progressive Metal, Technical Thrash Metal     
The Wonder Stuff The Eight Legged Groove Machine Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Half Japanese Charmed Life Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock
Art Farmer Blame It on My Youth Jazz     
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg Neoclassical Darkwave     
Robert Nighthawk Live on Maxwell Street 1964/And This Is Maxwell Street Blues
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert Comedy Rock, Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock