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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 37,000 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 Bon Jovi.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,983 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,177
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,278 votes)
Comments: 214 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:946 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,045
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,375 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:852 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,483
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,041 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:570 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:10,012
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:446 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,319
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  81/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:429 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,339
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  77/100 (652 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,328
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  80/100 (547 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:6,089
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  78/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,662
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:563
Average Rating:  80/100 (388 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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10.

Slippery When WetUnited States Bon Jovi
Year of Release:1986Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,597
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:707
Average Rating:  67/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 29 3%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
The Residents 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Big City Orchestra 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 259 26%
Germany 52 5%
Mixed Nationality 48 5%
Australia 32 3%
Japan 25 3%
Brazil 19 2%
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