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Pitchfork's Highest Rated Albums of 1988

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1. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

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My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
November 1, 1988
Shoegaze
Score
100

2. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

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Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
April 14, 1988
Hip Hop
Score
100

3. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

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Pixies - Surfer Rosa
March 21, 1988
Alternative Rock
Score
100

4. 808 State - Newbuild

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808 State - Newbuild
January 1, 1988
Score
98

5. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown

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Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
October 4, 1988
Hip Hop
Score
97

6. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

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N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8, 1988
Hip Hop
Score
97

7. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man

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Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
February 2, 1988
Singer-Songwriter
Score
95

8. Galaxie 500 - Today

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Galaxie 500 - Today
January 1, 1988
Slowcore
Score
95

9. The Beatles - Past Masters

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The Beatles - Past Masters
March 7, 1988
Pop Rock
Score
92

10. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff

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Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
October 20, 1988
Grunge
Score
91

11. A.R. Kane - 69

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A.R. Kane - 69
July 1, 1988
Score
90

12. Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader

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Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader
August 4, 1988
Hip Hop
Score
85

13. Philip Glass - Dance Nos. 1-5

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Philip Glass - Dance Nos. 1-5
January 1, 1988
Score
85

14. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

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Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
September 19, 1988
Dream Pop
Score
83

15. Suicide - A Way of Life

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Suicide - A Way of Life
January 1, 1988
Score
83

16. The Feelies - Only Life

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The Feelies - Only Life
September 13, 1988
Score
76

17. The Fall - I Am Kurious Oranj

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The Fall - I Am Kurious Oranj
April 1, 1988
Score
76

18. The Wedding Present - Tommy

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The Wedding Present - Tommy
July 1, 1988
Score
75

19. The Fall - The Frenz Experiment

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The Fall - The Frenz Experiment
February 29, 1988
Score
74

20. Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

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Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
October 31, 1988
Alternative Rock
Score
73

21. Morrissey - Viva Hate

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Morrissey - Viva Hate
March 14, 1988
Alternative Rock
Score
73

22. Run-D.M.C. - Tougher Than Leather

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Run-D.M.C. - Tougher Than Leather
September 16, 1988
Score
64
NOTE: This is not a year end list. This list is ordered by the ratings Pitchfork awarded albums throughout 1988.


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