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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 30,000 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:1,747 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:69,265
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,971 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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2.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:24,244
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,180 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:742 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:18,655
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (906 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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4.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:502 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,095
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:270
Average Rating:  79/100 (577 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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5.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:6,213
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  81/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,158
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:395
Average Rating:  77/100 (572 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:5,771
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:414
Average Rating:  80/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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8.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,574
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:431
Average Rating:  78/100 (455 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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9.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,938
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  80/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,503
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  79/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of 1986 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 29 3%
R. Stevie Moore 8 1%
The Residents 4 0%
Swans 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
B.B. King 3 0%
Abdullah Ibrahim 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 413 41%
United Kingdom 263 26%
Germany 50 5%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
Australia 34 3%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 21 2%
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