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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, 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:1,435 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:59,204
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,602 votes)
Comments: 162 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:671 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:21,277
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  82/100 (961 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:603 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:16,305
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:120
Average Rating:  81/100 (749 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:390 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,901
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  79/100 (479 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,456
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  76/100 (472 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,351
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  80/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,010
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  80/100 (403 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:4,463
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  77/100 (360 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:3,203
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  80/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,761
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:687
Average Rating:  80/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Petra 2 0%
Fairport Convention 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 353 41%
United Kingdom 242 28%
Germany 39 5%
Australia 33 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 4%
Canada 22 3%
France 17 2%
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