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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 17,000 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., Slayer, XTC, Talk Talk and Sonic Youth.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,097 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:47,476
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,165 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:523 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,099
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:83
Average Rating:  82/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:475 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,618
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  81/100 (568 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:6,765
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:250
Average Rating:  79/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,745
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:336
Average Rating:  76/100 (341 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,356
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:371
Average Rating:  80/100 (300 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,248
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  77/100 (284 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,081
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  79/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,510
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:619
Average Rating:  79/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,248
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:681
Average Rating:  79/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Peter Hammill 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 285 41%
United Kingdom 196 28%
Germany 34 5%
Australia 32 5%
Mixed Nationality 23 3%
Canada 17 2%
Italy 13 2%
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