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Best Albums of 1986

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1986 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 26,000 greatest album charts.

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1986 year summaryThe best artists of 1986 were The Smiths, Metallica, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Beastie Boys, XTC, R.E.M., Slayer, Talk Talk and Sonic Youth.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,582 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:64,028
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,767 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:744 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:22,776
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,060 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:658 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,288
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  81/100 (828 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,550
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:263
Average Rating:  79/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,857
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:373
Average Rating:  77/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,549
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  80/100 (347 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,535
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  80/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,912
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  77/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,618
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  80/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,010
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:688
Average Rating:  79/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
The Triffids 2 0%
Severed Heads 2 0%
Loudness 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 395 42%
United Kingdom 251 27%
Germany 43 5%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 25 3%
France 19 2%
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