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
62
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
3
100
Pixies Surfer Rosa Indie Rock
4
109
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton Gangsta Rap
5
367
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden Post-Rock
6
450
Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
7
462
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8
528
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
9
569
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man Singer/Songwriter, Sophisti-Pop
10
685
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
11
791
The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock
12
821
R.E.M. Green Jangle Pop
13
833
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
14
960
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
15
973
Dinosaur Jr. Bug Indie Rock, Noise Rock
16
1020
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues Celtic Rock
17
1113
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
18
1124
Happy Mondays Bummed Baggy / Madchester
19
1162
Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
20
1223
Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
21
1237
Metallica ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
22
1262
EPMD Strictly Business Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
23
1320
Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown Boom Bap
24
1325
Morrissey Viva Hate Jangle Pop
25
1424
Living Colour Vivid Funk Metal, Hard Rock
26
1482
Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America Alternative Singer/Songwriter
27
1599
Fingers Inc. Another Side Chicago House, Deep House
28
1607
Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
29
1687
The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
30
1688
The Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys, Volume One Pop Rock
31
1758
Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat Celtic Folk Music
32
1774
U2 Rattle and Hum Pop Rock
33
1924
Jungle Brothers Straight out the Jungle Conscious Hip Hop
34
1963
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Hardcore Hip Hop
35
1969
Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo, Songhai Music
36
1973
Pata Negra Blues de la frontera Flamenco Nuevo
37
1984
808 State Newbuild Acid House
38
2112
The House of Love The House of Love Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
39
2113
Pet Shop Boys Introspective Dance-Pop, Synthpop
40
2126
Ministry The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock
41
2220
American Music Club California Folk Rock, Slowcore
42
2221
Enya Watermark Celtic New Age
43
2264
Bad Religion Suffer Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk
44
2274
Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Indie Rock
45
2287
Slayer South of Heaven Thrash Metal
46
2394
Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
47
2439
Prince Lovesexy Contemporary R&B, Funk, Pop Rock
48
2446
Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff EP Garage Punk, Grunge
49
2587
k.d. Lang Shadowland Nashville Sound
50
2596
The Church Starfish Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
51
2611
Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap Blues Rock
52
2635
Lyle Lovett Pontiac Alt-Country
53
2963
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
54
2965
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
Galaxie 500 Today Indie Pop, Slowcore
Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
They Might Be Giants Lincoln Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
Green on Red Here Come the Snakes Paisley Underground
Front 242 Front by Front EBM
Steve Roach Dreamtime Return Tribal Ambient
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop, Experimental Rock
Graham Parker The Mona Lisa's Sister Pop Rock
Crowded House Temple of Low Men Pop Rock
Danzig Danzig Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Randy Newman Land of Dreams Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
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