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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 25,000 greatest album charts.

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

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,516 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:62,192
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,697 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:22,269
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:86
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,022 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:638 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:16,932
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:121
Average Rating:  81/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,354
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:263
Average Rating:  79/100 (505 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,769
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:369
Average Rating:  76/100 (501 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,407
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  80/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,289
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  80/100 (331 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,097
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  77/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,416
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  80/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,971
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:669
Average Rating:  79/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Sam Rivers 2 0%
Pussy Galore 2 0%
The Residents 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 383 42%
United Kingdom 245 27%
Germany 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 34 4%
Canada 24 3%
France 17 2%
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