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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 35,000 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:1,945 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:75,245
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,220 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:920 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,601
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,328 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:827 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,154
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:555 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,812
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (649 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,159
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  81/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,403
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  77/100 (637 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,203
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,828
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  79/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,381
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  80/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,520
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:703
Average Rating:  79/100 (369 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%
Swans 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
The Nits 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 399 40%
United Kingdom 254 25%
Germany 54 5%
Mixed Nationality 45 4%
Australia 35 3%
Japan 23 2%
Canada 20 2%
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