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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 24,000 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:1,477 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:60,549
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,656 votes)
Comments: 169 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:687 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:21,690
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  82/100 (989 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:616 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:16,608
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  81/100 (772 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,240
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  79/100 (487 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,581
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:370
Average Rating:  76/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,354
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  80/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,199
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,797
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:430
Average Rating:  77/100 (374 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,392
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  80/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,993
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  80/100 (284 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Soul Asylum 2 0%
Albert Collins 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 364 42%
United Kingdom 240 28%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
Australia 33 4%
Canada 22 3%
France 17 2%
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