Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Year 1986 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1986 was a one of those years in the 80's that I look at with a lot of albums that seemed either to be a transition for some artists, or the start of their career, which in some cases, the peak, at least commercially.

As it seems, it wasn't actually both all that deep, and even at the top, my favorites aren't all-time favorites exactly.

I mean sure, Awaken the Guardian is often considered the best John Arch Fates Warning album, but it's actually not my favorite. I still do enjoy it a lot though, per why it's my #1. Skylarking I would still probably rank as my favorite XTC album, but it is a bit of splitting hairs I suppose. Tones, So, Master of Puppets, 5150, all quality LPs, but not ones I think of as among my favorites from the 80's. Although Master of Puppets is hugely influential and probably still my go-to Metallca record, but I also can't claim to be that huge a fan of course.

Anyway, another year with a lot of pop and metal and jazz. Some prog, but I guess overall, this is 1 of the lesser years from the 80's, but like basically every year, there's still some good work that is worth noting and when it was released.

Of course I was 10 years old in 1986, and while I recall some of these albums and songs from them, the majority I didn't know until long after the actual year.

1. Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
2. XTC - Skylarking
3. Eric Johnson - Tones
4. Peter Gabriel - So
5. Metallica - Master of Puppets
6. Van Halen - 5150
7. Marillion - Brief Encounter
8. Queensryche - Rage for Order
9. Queen - A Kind of Magic
10. Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists - The League of Crafty Guitarists Live
11. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
12. Huey Lewis and the News - Fore!
13. Megadeth - Peace Sells...but Who's Buying?
14. Genesis - Invisible Touch
15. Janet Jackson - Control
16. Paul Simon - Graceland
17. The Beastie Boys - License to Ill
18. Prince - Parade: Music From the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon"
19. Duran Duran - Notorious
20. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Live/1975-85
21. Billy Joel - The Bridge
22. Various Artists - Top Gun Soundtrack
23. Boston - Third Stage
24. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
25. The Police - Every Breathe You Take: The Singles
26. Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman - Song X


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Bangles - Different Light
rel January 2, 1986

A young woman poses in front of a red background. She is wearing a long black button-up jacket with matching gloves, pants and headdress. The headdress flips her black hair forward over the right side of her face. To her left is a blue trapezoid that tapers downward, and reads "Janet Jackson" above it and "Control" below.
Janet Jackson - Control
rel February 4, 1986

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Animotion - Strange Behavior
rel February 1986

Smithereens - Especially for You
rel March 1, 1986

Cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky
Metallica - Master of Puppets
rel March 3, 1986

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Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
rel March 17, 1986

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Van Halen - 5150
rel March 24, 1986

A black a white photo of a man with a black tank top and his arms posed in a theatrical way with the words "PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION/ PARADE"
Prince - Parade: Music From the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon"
rel March 31, 1986

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Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
rel March 1986

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Journey - Raised on Radio
rel April 21, 1986

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Various Artists - Top Gun Soundtrack
rel May 13, 1986

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Peter Gabriel - So
rel May 19, 1986

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Emerson Lake and Powell - Emerson Lake and Powell
rel May 26, 1986

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Europe - The Final Countdown
rel May 26, 1986

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Queen - A Kind of Magic
rel June 3, 1986

Genesis - Invisible Touch
rel June 6, 1986

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Eric Johnson - Tones
rel June 15, 1986

Sam Kinison - Louder Than Hell
rel June 15, 1986

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Corey Hart - Fields of Fire
rel June 18, 1986

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Madonna - True Blue
rel June 30, 1986

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Marillion - Brief Encounter
rel June 1986

Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman - Song X
rel June 1986

Sting - Bring on the Night
rel July 1, 1986

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David+David - Boomtown
rel July 7, 1986

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Queensryche - Rage for Order
rel July 14, 1986

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Teena Marie - Emerald City
rel July 22, 1986

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Billy Joel - The Bridge
rel July 28, 1986

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R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
rel July 28, 1986

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Steve Winwood - Back in the High Life
rel July 30, 1986

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Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
rel August 18, 1986

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Huey Lewis and the News - Fore!
rel August 20, 1986

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Paul Simon - Graceland
rel August 25, 1986

Toto - Fahrenheit
rel August 1986

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Cameo - Word Up!
rel September 9, 1986

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Megadeth - Peace Sells...but Who's Buying?
rel September 19, 1986

Eddie Money - Can't Hold Back
rel September 21, 1986

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Boston - Third Stage
rel September 23, 1986

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Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
rel September 29, 1986

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Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way it is
rel September 30, 1986

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a-ha - Scoundrel Days
rel October 6, 1986

An image of the album cover featuring a demonic creature being carried on a chair by four people on each side. These people are carrying it over a sea of blood where several heads of corpses are floating. In the top left corner of the album is Slayer's logo while in the bottom right corner is the album title "Reign in Blood".
Slayer - Reign in Blood
rel October 7, 1986

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Talking Heads - True Stories
rel October 8, 1986

Berlin - Count Three and Pray
rel October 13, 1986

Stacey Q - Better than Heaven
rel October 17, 1986

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Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
rel October 20, 1986

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The Police - Every Breathe You Take: The Singles
rel October 25, 1986

XTC - Skylarking
rel October 27, 1986

Roxette - Pearls of Passion
rel October 31, 1986

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Live/1975-85
rel November 10, 1986

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The Beastie Boys - License to Ill
rel November 15, 1986

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Frank Zappa - Jazz from Hell
rel November 15, 1986

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Duran Duran - Notorious
rel November 18, 1986

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Cutting Crew - Broadcast
rel November 22, 1986

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Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
rel November 1986

Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists - Live!
rel November 1986

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Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
rel December 8, 1986

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Bill Connors - Double Up
rel 1986

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The Chick Corea Elektric Band - Elektric Band
rel 1986

Standards Volume 1
Stanley Jordan - Standards, Volume 1
rel 1986

Michael Manring - Unusual Weather
rel 1986

Miriodor - Recontres
rel 1986