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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 15,000 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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1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,014 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:44,380
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:16,832
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: 81/100 (687 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:428 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:12,824
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:116
Average Rating: 80/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:263 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:5,981
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:265
Average Rating: 79/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,587
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:328
Average Rating: 76/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,232
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:359
Average Rating: 80/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:3,937
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:386
Average Rating: 77/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:3,794
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:400
Average Rating: 80/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,354
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:621
Average Rating: 79/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,170
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:668
Average Rating: 79/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Swans 3 1%
Nurse With Wound 3 1%
Icehouse 2 0%
Tuxedomoon 2 0%
Severed Heads 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 239 41%
United Kingdom 176 30%
Australia 30 5%
Germany 29 5%
Canada 16 3%
Mixed Nationality 14 2%
Italy 10 2%
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