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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 26,000 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:1,562 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:63,351
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,742 votes)
Comments: 173 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:730 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:22,637
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,044 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:649 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,250
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:122
Average Rating:  81/100 (820 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:422 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,502
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  79/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,789
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:375
Average Rating:  77/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,465
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:394
Average Rating:  81/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,445
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:396
Average Rating:  80/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,902
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  77/100 (393 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,517
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  80/100 (278 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:2,996
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:683
Average Rating:  79/100 (297 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 2 0%
Reba McEntire 2 0%
Big Black 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 390 42%
United Kingdom 246 27%
Germany 42 5%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 24 3%
France 17 2%
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