100 Greatest Albums of 1988

Criteria: These 1988 albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
2. Straight Outta Compton
3. Daydream Nation
Sonic Youth
4. Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
5. Nothing's Shocking
Jane's Addiction
6. Surfer Rosa
7. Strictly Business
8. Spirit Of Eden
Talk Talk
9. Green
10. ...And Justice For All
11. Giving You The Best That I Got
Anita Baker
12. Straight Out The Jungle
Jungle Brothers
13. Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams
14. Operation: Mindcrime
15. Forever Your Girl
Paula Abdul
16. Don't Be Cruel
Bobby Brown
17. I'm Your Man
Leonard Cohen
18. Isn't Anything
My Bloody Valentine
19. Follow The Leader
Eric B. & Rakim
20. Rattle And Hum
21. New Jersey
Bon Jovi
22. Guy
23. Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1
Traveling Wilburys
24. Open Up And Say...Ahh!
25. Look Sharp!
26. By All Means Necessary
Boogie Down Productions
27. 16 Lovers Lane
The Go-Betweens
28. Long Live The Kane
Big Daddy Kane
29. Vivid
Living Colour
30. Irish Heartbeat
Van Morrison & The Chieftains
31. The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
Slick Rick
32. OU812
Van Halen
33. It Takes Two
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
34. Heavy Nova
Robert Palmer
35. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Iron Maiden
36. Heart Break
New Edition
37. Life Is...Too $hort
Too $hort
38. Tell It To My Heart
Taylor Dayne
39. He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
40. Lita
Lita Ford
41. Stronger Than Pride
42. Hangin' Tough
New Kids On The Block
43. Long Cold Winter
44. Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
45. Now And Zen
Robert Plant
46. Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
47. Roll With It
Steve Winwood
48. If I Should Fall From Grace With God
The Pogues
49. Lap Of Luxury
Cheap Trick
50. Out Of Order
Rod Stewart

51. Hold Me In Your Arms
Rick Astley
52. Viva Hate
53. Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2
54. Cocktail - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists
55. Lyte As A Rock
MC Lyte
56. The Trinity Session
The Cowboy Junkies
57. Copperhead Road
Steve Earle
58. Critical Beatdown
Ultramagnetic MC's
59. Life's Too Good
The Sugarcubes
60. South Of Heaven
61. Power
62. So Far, So Good...So What!
63. A Salt With A Deadly Pepa
64. Lovesexy
65. Another Side
Fingers Inc.
66. Starfish
The Church
67. 2nd Wave
68. The Innocents
69. Blood Fire Death
70. Tender Prey
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
71. Don't Let Love Slip Away
Freddie Jackson
72. The World's Greatest Entertainer
Doug E. Fresh
73. See The Light
Jeff Healey Band
74. Bummed
Happy Mondays
75. Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
76. The Land Of Rape And Honey
77. Temple Of Low Men
Crowded House
78. In Full Gear
79. Talk Is Cheap
Keith Richards
80. Let's Get It Started
MC Hammer
81. Peepshow
Siouxsie & The Banshees
82. Kylie
Kylie Minogue
83. Up Your Alley
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
84. In Effect Mode
Al B. Sure!
85. Naked
Talking Heads
86. Swass
Sir Mix-A-Lot
87. Danzig
88. The Lover In Me
Sheena Easton
89. Winger
90. Karyn White
Karyn White
91. Fisherman's Blues
The Waterboys
92. The Right Stuff
Vanessa Williams
93. Party Your Body
Stevie B.
94. Lincoln
They Might Be Giants
95. Conscious Party
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
96. Introspective
Pet Shop Boys
97. Bug
Dinosaur Jr.
98. Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
Robert Cray Band
99. Sunshine On Leith
The Proclaimers
100. Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1988
Brett's choice - An unheralded great album from 1988
* Recurrence
The Railway Children

Bruces's choice:
* Born To Be Bad
George Thorogood

Ryan's choice:
* City Of Hysteria

Brian's choice:
* Amnesia
Richard Thompson

Lew's choice:
* Flying Colours
Chris de Burgh
1987   |   1989