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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 17,000 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:1,088 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:47,113
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,149 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:520 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:17,906
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:83
Average Rating:  82/100 (738 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:469 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,646
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:115
Average Rating:  81/100 (561 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:6,682
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:254
Average Rating:  79/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,723
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:337
Average Rating:  76/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,289
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:379
Average Rating:  80/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,130
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  77/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,069
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  80/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,546
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,230
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:683
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 15 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
The Triffids 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 277 41%
United Kingdom 191 29%
Germany 33 5%
Australia 32 5%
Mixed Nationality 22 3%
Canada 16 2%
Italy 12 2%
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