I have a couple memories from this year from going to pre-school and staying at my babysitters. Overall not one of the most formative years, but still home to some great music and movies.


1988 is a weird mix of music I liked as a kid and music I got into much later.

Rank Album Artist Title Label Impression
1 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Elektra

We used to listen to this cassette so much as a kid. Of course it has Fast Car, which is one of the best driving songs.

2 Fred Penner Welcome to Fred Penner's Place Oak Street Music

This one doesn't have The Cat Came Back on it, but it does have the theme song to the TV show, which was a favorite of mine as a kid.

3 Pixies Surfer Rosa 4AD

I didn't get into the Pixies until high school, but am glad I got around to them eventually.

4 Randy Travis Old 8x10 Warner Bros. Nashville

I'm not even a big Randy Travis fan, but here I have him on the list for back-to-back years. Deeper Than the Holler did speak to me as a kid.

5 When in Rome When in Rome Virgin Records

Best known for the song The Promise featured in the Napoleon Dynamite movie.



Rank Book Title Author Impression
1 Matilda Roald Dahl

I was always impressed by Matilda's ability to take care of herself as a child. A true role model.



Rank Movie Title Impression
1 Willow

An underappreciated 80's fantasy movie from Lucasfilm that I was a big fan of as a teenager.

2 Die Hard

Is Die Hard the best Christmas movie? Probably not, but it's my favorite.

3 Akira

I remember watching this as a teenager and not really understanding it. I still don't really understand this movie, I should probably read the manga at some point.

4 They Live

Watch this movie. OBEY.

5 Grave of the Fireflies

I haven't seen too many bummer movies from the 80's, but this one was particularly sad.


Video Games

Rank Game Title Developer Impression
1 Tetris Spectrum HoloByte

Tetris first received official releases on many platforms in 1988 before being ported to the Gameboy in 1989. It's still one of the greatest games of all time no matter how you're playing it.