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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 16,000 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:1,040 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:45,024
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,089 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:503 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:17,216
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:84
Average Rating: 81/100 (708 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,165
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:116
Average Rating: 80/100 (537 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:6,333
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:260
Average Rating: 79/100 (335 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,589
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:342
Average Rating: 76/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,257
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:368
Average Rating: 80/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,037
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:390
Average Rating: 77/100 (269 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:3,918
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:401
Average Rating: 79/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,436
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:616
Average Rating: 79/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,233
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:665
Average Rating: 79/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 14 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
UB40 2 0%
The Triffids 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 257 40%
United Kingdom 189 30%
Germany 32 5%
Australia 31 5%
Mixed Nationality 21 3%
Canada 15 2%
Italy 10 2%
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