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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 16,000 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:1,075 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:46,599
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,118 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:516 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:17,610
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: 81/100 (721 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,408
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:115
Average Rating: 80/100 (548 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:6,545
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:255
Average Rating: 79/100 (341 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,671
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:336
Average Rating: 76/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,266
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:376
Average Rating: 80/100 (284 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,120
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:392
Average Rating: 77/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,030
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:399
Average Rating: 80/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,473
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:617
Average Rating: 79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,232
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:677
Average Rating: 79/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Swans 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
The Kinks 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 268 41%
United Kingdom 191 29%
Germany 32 5%
Australia 31 5%
Mixed Nationality 20 3%
Canada 16 2%
Italy 11 2%
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