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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 19,000 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:1,159 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:49,720
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,251 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:549 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,196
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  81/100 (780 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:509 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:14,182
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  81/100 (609 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:326 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,078
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:250
Average Rating:  79/100 (382 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,962
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:347
Average Rating:  76/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,589
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  80/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,553
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:378
Average Rating:  80/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,223
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:414
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:165 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,815
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:593
Average Rating:  79/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,557
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:643
Average Rating:  80/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 303 41%
United Kingdom 205 28%
Australia 34 5%
Germany 33 4%
Mixed Nationality 23 3%
Canada 19 3%
France 14 2%
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