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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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1986 year summaryThe best artists of 1986 were The Smiths, Metallica, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, XTC, Beastie Boys, 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:1,429 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:58,915
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,592 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:664 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:20,963
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  82/100 (956 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:600 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:16,312
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  81/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,722
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  79/100 (477 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,462
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:371
Average Rating:  80/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,443
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:373
Average Rating:  76/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,994
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  80/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,469
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:445
Average Rating:  77/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,148
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:614
Average Rating:  80/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,782
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:677
Average Rating:  80/100 (272 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
UB40 2 0%
Petra 2 0%
Felt 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 357 41%
United Kingdom 239 28%
Germany 40 5%
Mixed Nationality 33 4%
Australia 32 4%
Canada 22 3%
France 20 2%
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