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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 30,000 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:1,733 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:68,536
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,946 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:800 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:24,073
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,159 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:735 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:18,468
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (900 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:495 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,079
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:266
Average Rating:  79/100 (575 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:374 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,121
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  77/100 (566 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,066
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:396
Average Rating:  81/100 (380 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,733
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  80/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,368
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  78/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,951
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:577
Average Rating:  80/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,413
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:662
Average Rating:  79/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 30 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
The Residents 4 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
The Kinks 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 410 41%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Germany 50 5%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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