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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 33,000 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:1,835 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:72,143
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,110 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:871 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:25,836
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:88
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,259 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:773 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:19,293
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (975 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:522 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,490
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  79/100 (611 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,927
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:367
Average Rating:  81/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,312
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:393
Average Rating:  77/100 (606 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,870
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:426
Average Rating:  80/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,719
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  78/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,198
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  80/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,511
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:684
Average Rating:  79/100 (348 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%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Wham! 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 403 40%
United Kingdom 260 26%
Germany 51 5%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 22 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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