Top Albums of 1986

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 24 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
2 70 Paul Simon Graceland Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3 162 Metallica Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
4 183 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Hip Hop
5 228 Peter Gabriel So Art Pop, Pop Rock
6 233 Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell Hardcore Hip Hop
7 279 Slayer Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
8 478 XTC Skylarking Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
9 523 R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant Jangle Pop
10 686 Prince and The Revolution Parade Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
11 702 Sonic Youth EVOL Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
12 796 Janet Jackson Control Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
13 854 Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo New Wave
14 871 Big Black Atomizer Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore     
15 915 Talk Talk The Colour of Spring Art Pop, Chamber Pop
16 947 Anita Baker Rapture Smooth Soul
17 969 Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey Alternative Rock
18 970 Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
19 1020 Bad Brains I Against I Alternative Metal, Hardcore Punk
20 1063 The Costello Show King of America Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
21 1071 Steve Earle Guitar Town Alt-Country, Country Rock
22 1079 Bon Jovi Slippery when Wet Hard Rock
23 1152 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Blood and Chocolate Pop Rock
24 1328 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
25 1398 Madonna True Blue Pop
26 1418 The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional Jangle Pop
27 1434 The The Infected Art Pop, Synthpop
28 1440 Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 Heartland Rock
29 1495 The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
30 1539 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Kicking Against the Pricks Post-Punk, Punk Blues
31 1543 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock - The Album Electro
32 1568 The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4 Jangle Pop
33 1569 Depeche Mode Black Celebration Synthpop
34 1580 Crowded House Crowded House Pop Rock
35 1690 Robert Cray Strong Persuader Blues Rock
36 1699 Coil Horse Rotorvator Industrial
37 1781 Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero Tango Nuevo
38 1811 New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
39 1848 Throwing Muses Throwing Muses Indie Rock, Post-Punk
40 1864 Died Pretty Free Dirt Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia     
41 2016 Arthur Russell World of Echo Ambient Pop, Art Pop     
42 2055 Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Speed Metal, Thrash Metal
43 2170 Stan Ridgway The Big Heat New Wave, Synthpop
44 2194 Miles Davis Tutu Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
45 2196 Pet Shop Boys Please Dance-Pop, Synthpop
46 2271 Public Image Ltd. Album/Compact Disc/Cassette Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
47 2315 Van Morrison No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
48 2433 Cameo Word Up! Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
49 2526 Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Bakersfield Sound
50 2538 Bangles Different Light Pop Rock
51 2588 Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X Free Jazz
52 2634 They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
53 2666 The Woodentops Giant Indie Pop, Indie Rock
54 2692 The Feelies The Good Earth Indie Pop, Post-Punk

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
DeLillos Suser Avgårde Pop Rock          
A-ha Scoundrel Days Synthpop     
Felt Forever Breathes the Lonely Word Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
Salt 'n' Pepa Hot, Cool & Vicious Pop Rap
David Lee Roth Eat 'Em & Smile Hard Rock
Abdullah Ibrahim Water from an Ancient Well Cool Jazz
James Stutter Indie Pop     
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette Standards Live Post-Bop
Van Halen 5150 Hard Rock
Hunters & Collectors Human Frailty Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
The Fall Bend Sinister Post-Punk
Joe Henderson The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 Jazz
Paul Kelly [Australia] Gossip Singer/Songwriter
The Chameleons Strange Times Post-Punk
Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett Progressive Country, Singer/Songwriter
The Chills Kaleidoscope World Dunedin Sound, Jangle Pop
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Pop Rock
Randy Travis Storms of Life Contemporary Country
David & David Boomtown Pop Rock     
Sonny Sharrock Guitar Avant-Garde Jazz
This Mortal Coil Filigree and Shadow Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
John Zorn The Big Gundown Avant-Garde Jazz
Nanci Griffith The Last of the True Believers Americana, Contemporary Country, Singer/Songwriter
CCCP Fedeli Alla Linea Affinità-divergenze tra il Compagno Togliatti e noi Art Punk, Post-Punk     
Talking Heads True Stories Art Pop, Pop Rock
David Sylvian Gone to Earth Ambient Pop, Art Pop     
Schoolly D Schoolly D Gangsta Rap          
Peter Case Peter Case Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Steve Winwood Back in the High Life Pop Rock
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Element of Light Jangle Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Constance Demby Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate Neoclassical New Age, Space Ambient
T-Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Alt-Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter