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
177
Metallica Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
4
193
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Hip Hop
5
230
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell Hardcore Hip Hop
6
234
Peter Gabriel So Art Pop, Pop Rock
7
288
Slayer Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
8
521
XTC Skylarking Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
9
585
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant Jangle Pop
10
625
Prince and The Revolution Parade Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
11
768
Sonic Youth EVOL Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
12
815
Janet Jackson Control Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
13
847
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo New Wave
14
949
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring Art Pop, Chamber Pop
15
973
Big Black Atomizer Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
16
991
Anita Baker Rapture Smooth Soul
17
996
Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey Alternative Rock
18
1046
Bon Jovi Slippery when Wet Hard Rock
19
1097
Steve Earle Guitar Town Alt-Country, Country Rock
20
1105
The Costello Show King of America Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
21
1109
Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
22
1162
Bad Brains I Against I Alternative Metal, Hardcore Punk
23
1265
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Blood and Chocolate Pop Rock
24
1357
The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional Jangle Pop
25
1402
Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 Heartland Rock
26
1418
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
27
1485
Madonna True Blue Synthpop
28
1562
The The Infected Art Pop, Synthpop
29
1595
Crowded House Crowded House Pop Rock
30
1637
The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
31
1647
Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero Tango Nuevo
32
1659
Depeche Mode Black Celebration Synthpop
33
1689
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock - The Album Electro
34
1707
Robert Cray Strong Persuader Blues Rock
35
1744
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Kicking Against the Pricks Post-Punk, Punk Blues
36
1746
The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4 Jangle Pop
37
1840
Coil Horse Rotorvator Industrial
38
1901
Arthur Russell World of Echo Ambient Pop, Art Pop
39
1983
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses Indie Rock, Post-Punk
40
1986
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Speed Metal, Thrash Metal
41
2043
Died Pretty Free Dirt Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
42
2072
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
43
2361
Pet Shop Boys Please Dance-Pop, Synthpop
44
2416
Miles Davis Tutu Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
45
2456
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat New Wave, Synthpop
46
2538
Public Image Ltd. Album/Compact Disc/Cassette Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
47
2584
Van Morrison No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
48
2587
Paul Kelly [Australia] Gossip Singer/Songwriter
49
2634
Cameo Word Up! Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
50
2658
Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Bakersfield Sound
51
2710
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X Free Jazz
52
2712
The Feelies The Good Earth Indie Pop, Post-Punk
53
2736
Bangles Different Light Pop Rock
54
2956
The Woodentops Giant Indie Pop, Indie Rock
55
2961
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
David Lee Roth Eat 'Em & Smile Hard Rock
Abdullah Ibrahim Water from an Ancient Well Cool Jazz
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
Van Halen 5150 Hard Rock
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Pop Rock
Salt 'n' Pepa Hot, Cool & Vicious Pop Rap
James Stutter Indie Pop
The Fall Bend Sinister Post-Punk
Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett Progressive Country, Singer/Songwriter
Randy Travis Storms of Life Contemporary Country
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
CCCP Fedeli Alla Linea Affinità-divergenze tra il Compagno Togliatti e noi Art Punk, Post-Punk
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
Schoolly D Schoolly D Gangsta Rap
T-Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Alt-Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter