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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 35,000 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:1,911 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:74,326
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,172 votes)
Comments: 205 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:903 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,477
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,300 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:808 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:19,709
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (994 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,662
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (636 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:430 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,118
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  81/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,507
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:395
Average Rating:  77/100 (624 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:366 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,990
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:435
Average Rating:  80/100 (516 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,729
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  78/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,391
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:571
Average Rating:  80/100 (360 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,447
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:705
Average Rating:  79/100 (360 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 29 3%
R. Stevie Moore 5 0%
The Residents 4 0%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Pussy Galore 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 398 40%
United Kingdom 255 25%
Germany 51 5%
Mixed Nationality 45 4%
Australia 37 4%
Japan 22 2%
Canada 21 2%
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