Greatest '80s Albums

The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson

I'm a primary metalhead, but Thriller was THE first and only song and album that caught my attention; opening the world of music into my little world and setting the foundation on my perception of great music. So if it weren't for Micheal Jackson, I wouldn't be a Pantera fan. - MinistryMonster

This is my all time fave album. I also love Slippery when wet, Back in Black, Master of the puppets, Appetite For Destruction and many others on the list I really do think that this should be #1 Shame on those who voted for all the Heart albums on this list! - idolangelx13

Thriller is the best of all time. It has sold more than any other album in history. Michael was an amazing musical genius dreaming this up and creating "Thriller" - love4mjj

Best selling Album of All Time by the Greatest Entertainer of All Time during the Greatest period of Music of All Time - Perfection - IIBK

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2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

I'm not primarily into metal or metallica but this is an amazing album that I have listened to many times, it fits together perfectly and the songs are of the kind that get better with every listen and not only does is sound great but it is a lyrical masterpiece.

I don't understand why there are no metal albums other than AC/DC and Metallica in the top ten. Metal is the best genre and Metallica one of the greatest bands to represent it. ##

How can this not be 1, Metallica are the best, and all the best Metallica songs are on it, make sure you vote this and listen to Battery Master Of The Puppets and all the rest, Lars at his best on drums, and lets not forget Cliff BBurton

Awesome album

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3 Ride the Lighting - Metallica

Fade to black, for whom the bell tolls, creeping death, ride the lightning? All amazing songs. - Songsta41

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4 Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses

Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O mine. All of these songs everybody here has at least heard once in their life, they are huge songs that have all come off this one album, more than most other albums can say, and the album is full of other underrated songs, it definitely deserves to be in the top ten.

Should be in the top 5 at least, they changed rock n roll and brought the LA sunset strip back to reality. How is it at number 18?

Every song on this album kicks ass, clearly the best ROCK album, if not THE BEST album of the 80's

Your joking this should be number 2

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5 Back In Black - AC/DC

Um, hello? Ac/dc's height of fame, every song was a hit, sold over 42 million copies worldwithe. Thriller is also a fantastic album, but the fact that Michael jackson is some twisted person now decreases its popularity. I just don't understand though - pauler94

Released in 1980, it started the decade off with a bang. - FearlessFreep

Great album. Masterpiece after masterpiece - fuadmondeo

Best AC/DC album ever

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6 Hunting High and Low - A-ha

Milestone Album. It was the first album of the young Band, it was full of emotions, melancholy and deepness. A timeless Masterpiece Album and imagine, it is not the best A-ha Album! A-ha is brilliant Now and Then

This album always make me thing of young love and innocence.. so pure

My first Album ever. And I love it.

This album only has 1 good song and you put it at three?

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7 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Maiden's best album is inarguably one of the decade's finest. Classic songs (ranging from the well known - the title track, Hallowed By Thy Name, Run To The Hills - to the underrated gems - the much Maligned Gangland, 22 Acacia Avenue) fantastic production and the ever marvellous vocals of Bruce Dickinson help to solidify this album's stance as one of heavy metal's greats. While early Maiden had been fantastic, this is where they hit their peak, and continues to represent the best that metal had to offer, both in the 80's and of all time. An utterly timeless album (not very many popular 80's albums you can say that about) which represents heavy metal at its finest hour. - Mrveteran

Nothing is bad about this album, all the tracks are great all the way through to the end. It should be up there with Master of Puppets by Metallica.

Come on this is amazing, so much better than overrated Gun's n Roses

8 Ten Songs by Adam Again - Adam Again
9 This Year's Model - The Imperials
10 The Joshua Tree - U2

There is also a DVD of the same name released by Eagle Rock Entertainment for Image Entertainment way back in the 2000s as a Classic Albums video disc for use with DVD players, DVD-ROM drives, game systems and DVD surround sound systems. - kristyrosepetal4

This album is timeless, sounds like it could've been released yesterday.

U2 is extremely underrated - Ajkloth

How is this not in the top 10.

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The Contenders

11 Like A Prayer - Madonna

Classic album that changed musical history. Hits "Like a Prayer", "Express Yourself", "Cherish", "Oh Father"...Madonna's vocal sounds great here. One of the most memorable albums ever - Sonya

Best album of the 80s for me, every song is awesome. The title song is by far, hands down, her best song. My favorite on this album is pray for Spanish eyes. Her voice is so pretty in it, And it's just such a beautiful song. This here is Madonna at her pinnacle.

12 Hysteria - Def Leppard

Fabulous album. Like a rock version of thriller every song could be and nearly was a single, the production by Mutt Lange is excellent truly an 80s classic should be in top 10.

Got this album because I wanted to know the band. It resulted in one of my favorite albums. Every single song in it is awesome.

Brilliant album. I still recall the goosebumps I felt on first hearing it.

Brings back the cool sounds and memories of parties, love and youth...

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13 Purple Rain - Prince

I can't believe some of the crap that's above this great album... Come on "Slippery When Wet"?! "RhythmNation 1814"?! That's not even Janet's best album! You might as well as pick Right Said Fred! I've listened to those and many others on this list but they don't even approach the plateau that "Purple Rain" set. I really think that people should just get this album, listen to it and then come back and vote.

This was his ultimata masterpiece IT should be higher than this

Underrated,Better than a lot of of those albums!? 35? Should be 1!

LeAnn Rimes' version of the classic 'Purple Rain' song is way more better. - kristyrosepetal4

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14 True Blue - Madonna

Just brilliant album from Queen of Pop Madonna. I love every single track here but my most favorite songs are 'La Isla Bonita' and 'Papa Don't Preach' - Irina2932

I remember like it was yesterday, Madonna and Michael Jackson fever, no stupid technology, just a bad television and the street radios to sing those hits... good times, nowadays children sucks

Best album and album cover of the 80s! Madonna was at her pinnacle with true blue. Every song is awesome but I have to say my favorite is where's the party, it always gets me in a good mood and brings me back.

What Purple Rain ain't here!?!

15 The Big Picture - Michael W. Smith
16 Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

One of the defining albums of the 80s.Why is this not in top ten?

17 Heaven on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

I hate when people call Belinda "one-hit wonder". This album is an absolute masterpiece and its biggest hit Heaven Is a Place On Earth is NOT the best here.

Magically beautiful.. Deserves more.. But thriller will always be the BEST FOREVER!

18 1984 - Van Halen

1984 has some of the greatest tracks of Van Halen like: Top Jimmy, House Of Pain, I'll Wait, Jump, Panama, Drop Dead Legs, Girls Gone Bad And Hot For Teacher. Wait? That's all of the tracks on 1984! Wow! It's just such a great album.

19 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
20 Reign In Blood - Slayer
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