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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 31,000 greatest album charts.

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1986 year summaryThe best artists of 1986 were The Smiths, Metallica, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, XTC, Beastie Boys, 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:1,779 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:70,438
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,014 votes)
Comments: 193 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:821 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:24,497
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,200 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:747 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:18,861
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (925 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:506 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,291
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  79/100 (587 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,468
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:377
Average Rating:  81/100 (393 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,164
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  77/100 (584 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,860
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  80/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,620
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  78/100 (465 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,027
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  80/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:260 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,510
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:654
Average Rating:  80/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 27 3%
R. Stevie Moore 7 1%
The Residents 4 0%
Swans 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Felt 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 409 41%
United Kingdom 262 26%
Germany 50 5%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
Australia 35 4%
Brazil 22 2%
Canada 22 2%
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