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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 28,000 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:1,653 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:66,185
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,852 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:775 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:23,610
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,114 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:694 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,752
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (863 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,695
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  79/100 (553 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,075
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:373
Average Rating:  77/100 (548 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:5,825
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  80/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,416
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  80/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,112
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  78/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,668
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  80/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,107
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:691
Average Rating:  79/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
The Residents 4 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Swans 3 0%
White Flag 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 411 42%
United Kingdom 258 26%
Germany 45 5%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 25 3%
France 19 2%
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