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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 Depeche Mode.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,202 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:51,187
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:577 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,585
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:88
Average Rating:  82/100 (806 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:524 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:14,518
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  81/100 (633 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,044
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  79/100 (396 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,161
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:345
Average Rating:  77/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,761
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:369
Average Rating:  80/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,578
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  80/100 (335 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,359
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  77/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,937
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  80/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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10.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,543
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:660
Average Rating:  78/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
R. Stevie Moore 6 1%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Big City Orchestra 2 0%
Death In June 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 316 42%
United Kingdom 208 28%
Australia 35 5%
Germany 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 19 3%
France 16 2%
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