Top 31 Music Albums of 1986 by Purplepash (2020)

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Best art pop album of the year
Best UK album of the year

"I was trying so hard to please myself,
I was turning into somebody else.
I was trying so hard to be myself
I was turning into somebody else."

This is one of those records that I just don't get how everyone doesn't see it's greatness. It is powerful and passionate, with fantastic emotive vocals and interesting post punky but accessible music. The songs are all constructed so well and the album flows like a story. Speaking of which there is a story being told here on both a personal and a political level, and if you get the chance to see the music videos that were made for every song on this album, in order, it all becomes so clear. It is a mixed media masterpiece. (music, video, short movies, long film). Great lyrics throughout.

10/10 songs: Seriously the first six songs are all perfect.
[First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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925
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Best indie pop jangle pop album of the year

"It's so easy to laugh
It's so easy to hate
It takes strength to be gentle and kind
Over, over, over, over
It's so easy to laugh
It's so easy to hate
It takes guts to be gentle and kind"

The above lines are my favourite lyrics by anyone ever. They have had a lifelong impact on me. From an album full of great lyrics. I sing along to the whole album...every song.

10/10 songs: I Know It's Over, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, The Queen Is Dead, Bigmouth Strikes Again, & The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
[First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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49,483
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Best neo-psychedelia album of the year
Best debut album of the year

"Well, come on and let it happen to you
You gotta open up your mind and let everything come through"

Not their lyrics but they sum up the album. Two covers on this seven song album but both of them are arguably better than the originals. One of my most listened to albums of the late 80s that I still lose myself in every time.

10/10 songs: O.D. Catastrophe, Little Doll, Losing Touch With My Mind
[First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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377
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Best synthpop album of the year [First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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2,584
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Best folk rock album of the year [First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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713
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Best soul jangle pop album of the year [First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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804
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Best dark cabaret gothic rock post-punk album of the year [First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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1,049
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Best thrash metal album of the year
Best USA album of the year
[First added to this chart: 05/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1986
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15,736
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Best noise rock album of the year [First added to this chart: 12/17/2019]
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1986
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1,146
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Best film soundtrack album of the year [First added to this chart: 09/08/2017]
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1986
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1,890
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Top 31 Music Albums of 1986 composition

Country Albums %


United Kingdom 15 48%
United States 12 39%
Australia 3 10%
Italy 1 3%
Compilation? Albums %
No 29 94%
Yes 2 6%

Top 31 Music Albums of 1986 chart changes

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