Best Albums of 1986

Listed below are the best albums of 1986 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 greatest album charts.

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1986 year summaryThe best artists of 1986 were The Smiths, Metallica, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, XTC, Talk Talk, Slayer, R.E.M., Beastie Boys and Depeche Mode.
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Year of Release:
1986
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Rank Score:
38,058
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Year of Release:
1986
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Rank Score:
13,065
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Year of Release:
1986
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11,601
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Year of Release:
1986
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Rank Score:
7,379
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Year of Release:
1986
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4,939
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1986
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4,216
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Year of Release:
1986
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3,768
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Year of Release:
1986
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Rank Score:
3,557
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Year of Release:
1986
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3,484
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Year of Release:
1986
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2,583
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1986 composition

Country Albums %


United States 381 38%
United Kingdom 265 26%
Mixed Nationality 46 5%
Germany 46 5%
Japan 29 3%
Australia 28 3%
Canada 23 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 912 91%
Yes 90 9%
Live? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 33 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 20 2%
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