Top Albums of 1986





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
22
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
2
73
Paul Simon Graceland Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
169
Metallica Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
4
194
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Hip Hop
5
229
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell Hardcore Hip Hop
6
230
Peter Gabriel So Art Pop, Pop Rock
7
286
Slayer Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
8
520
XTC Skylarking Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
9
589
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant Jangle Pop
10
627
Prince and The Revolution Parade Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
11
760
Sonic Youth EVOL Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
12
809
Janet Jackson Control Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
13
841
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo New Wave
14
948
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring Art Pop, Chamber Pop
15
982
Big Black Atomizer Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
16
984
Anita Baker Rapture Smooth Soul
17
991
Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey Alternative Rock
18
1045
Bon Jovi Slippery when Wet Hard Rock
19
1095
Steve Earle Guitar Town Alt-Country, Country Rock
20
1099
Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
21
1135
The Costello Show King of America Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
22
1170
Bad Brains I Against I Alternative Metal, Hardcore Punk
23
1309
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Blood & Chocolate Pop Rock
24
1361
The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional Jangle Pop
25
1401
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
26
1428
Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 Heartland Rock
27
1489
Madonna True Blue Synthpop
28
1588
The The Infected Art Pop, Synthpop
29
1600
Crowded House Crowded House Pop Rock
30
1618
The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
31
1643
Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero Tango Nuevo
32
1677
Depeche Mode Black Celebration Synthpop
33
1703
Robert Cray Strong Persuader Blues Rock
34
1709
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock - The Album Electro
35
1719
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Kicking Against the Pricks Post-Punk, Punk Blues
36
1741
The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4 Jangle Pop
37
1778
Coil Horse Rotorvator Industrial
38
1892
Arthur Russell World of Echo Ambient Pop, Art Pop
39
1967
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses Indie Rock, Post-Punk
40
1992
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Speed Metal, Thrash Metal
41
2026
Died Pretty Free Dirt Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
42
2068
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
43
2351
Pet Shop Boys Please Dance-Pop, Synthpop
44
2401
Miles Davis Tutu Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
45
2433
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat New Wave, Synthpop
46
2534
Public Image Ltd. Album/Compact Disc/Cassette Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
47
2557
Van Morrison No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
48
2578
Paul Kelly [Australia] Gossip Singer/Songwriter
49
2646
Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Bakersfield Sound
50
2705
Cameo Word Up! Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
51
2713
Bangles Different Light Pop Rock
52
2719
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X Free Jazz
53
2728
The Feelies The Good Earth Indie Pop, Post-Punk
54
2804
The Woodentops Giant Indie Pop, Indie Rock
55
2952
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants Alternative Rock, Indie Pop

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