Best Albums of 1986

Listed below are the best albums of 1986 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1986 year summaryThe best artists of 1986 were The Smiths, Metallica, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, XTC, Talk Talk, Slayer, Beastie Boys, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.
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1986
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44,338
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1986
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14,473
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1986
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13,240
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1986
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7,202
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1986
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5,250
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1986
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4,224
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1986
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3,880
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1986
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3,691
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1986
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3,598
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1986
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2,572
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1986 composition

Country Albums %


United States 396 40%
United Kingdom 250 25%
Mixed Nationality 49 5%
Germany 47 5%
Australia 32 3%
Japan 28 3%
Canada 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 922 92%
Yes 78 8%
Live? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Artists of 1990
1. Depeche Mode
2. Cocteau Twins
3. Ride
4. Megadeth
5. Pixies
6. Sonic Youth
7. Jane's Addiction
8. Fugazi
9. The La's
10. Public Enemy
11. Soda Stereo
12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
13. The Sundays
14. Happy Mondays
15. They Might Be Giants
16. Sinéad O'Connor
17. Angelo Badalamenti
18. The Black Crowes
19. Neil Young
20. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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