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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 38,000 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 Depeche Mode.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,987 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,301
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,313 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,122
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,392 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:859 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,570
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:10,181
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:275
Average Rating:  79/100 (683 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:450 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,356
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  81/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,414
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  77/100 (660 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:6,258
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (554 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:6,108
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (536 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,764
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:554
Average Rating:  80/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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10.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,642
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:698
Average Rating:  79/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
Swans 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
The Residents 3 0%
吉村弘 [Hiroshi Yoshimura] 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 396 40%
United Kingdom 256 26%
Germany 51 5%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
Australia 34 3%
Japan 27 3%
Canada 19 2%
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