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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 18,000 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:1,137 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:48,899
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,217 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:540 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,489
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:84
Average Rating:  82/100 (769 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:501 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,920
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  81/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,098
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:248
Average Rating:  79/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:243 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,919
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:346
Average Rating:  76/100 (360 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,496
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:378
Average Rating:  80/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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7.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,354
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,304
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  77/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,766
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  79/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,399
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:668
Average Rating:  79/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
R. Stevie Moore 6 1%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
Peter Hammill 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 300 41%
United Kingdom 199 27%
Australia 34 5%
Germany 33 5%
Mixed Nationality 24 3%
Canada 18 2%
Italy 14 2%
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