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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 27,000 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:1,603 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:64,546
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,792 votes)
Comments: 180 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:749 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:22,993
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:88
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,070 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:663 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,359
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  81/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:440 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,607
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:263
Average Rating:  79/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:5,957
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:371
Average Rating:  77/100 (529 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:319 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,652
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:391
Average Rating:  80/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,452
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  80/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:4,970
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:442
Average Rating:  77/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,632
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:589
Average Rating:  80/100 (287 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,148
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:668
Average Rating:  79/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
Petra 2 0%
Roky Erickson 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 396 42%
United Kingdom 253 27%
Germany 43 5%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 25 3%
France 19 2%
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