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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 18,000 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:1,118 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:48,242
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,188 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:530 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:18,283
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:85
Average Rating:  81/100 (757 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:483 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:13,672
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:119
Average Rating:  80/100 (578 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:6,933
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:248
Average Rating:  79/100 (361 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:4,790
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:345
Average Rating:  76/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:4,462
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:376
Average Rating:  80/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:4,346
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  77/100 (284 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,153
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  80/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:2,691
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  79/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,351
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:670
Average Rating:  79/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
R. Stevie Moore 6 1%
Nurse With Wound 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Severed Heads 3 0%
Loudness 2 0%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 296 42%
United Kingdom 196 28%
Germany 33 5%
Australia 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 24 3%
Canada 18 3%
Italy 13 2%
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