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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 20,000 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:1,217 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:51,498
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,333 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:589 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,816
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  82/100 (820 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:528 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:14,423
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  81/100 (642 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:7,069
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:261
Average Rating:  79/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,228
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:344
Average Rating:  77/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:243 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,960
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:358
Average Rating:  80/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,660
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  80/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,319
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  77/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,957
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  80/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,526
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:662
Average Rating:  80/100 (231 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%
Loudness 2 0%
Tuxedomoon 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 318 42%
United Kingdom 204 27%
Germany 36 5%
Australia 35 5%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 19 3%
France 16 2%
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