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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 29,000 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:1,690 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:67,072
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,901 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:793 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:24,005
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:88
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,138 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:18,013
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (883 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:479 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,789
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:271
Average Rating:  79/100 (563 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,164
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:378
Average Rating:  77/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,999
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  81/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:312 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,508
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  80/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,178
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,884
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:575
Average Rating:  80/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,294
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:666
Average Rating:  79/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
The Residents 4 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
V.Spy V.Spy 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 412 41%
United Kingdom 263 26%
Germany 47 5%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 24 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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