Greatest '80s Glam Rock / Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses

I'll vote for this, but let me say this has to be the dumbest list of all time. Guns N' Roses, definitely Leppard, and Van Halen are barely glam at all, and Metallica and Maiden couldn't be further from the genre.

Guns N Roses hold the record for the highest selling Debut album in rock history. Appetite For Destruction went #1 all over the world in 1987 and continued to stay at number throughout 1988 and 1989. This album features the "Classic" lineup of Guns N Roses Featuring Slash, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Duff Mckagen and Steve Adler. This album features classic radio hits Sweet Child O Mine and Paradise City, as well as Guns N' Roses fan favourites Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Nightrain, Rocket Queen, my Michelle and many more. - jpc1995

Can't get any better than Guns N' Roses with Slash - jpc1995

The best album of all time

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2 Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

The album that sent Bon Jovi Commercial. after the low success rate of their Self Titled album in 1984 and 7800 Farenheight in 1985, Bon Jovi achieved world wide success with their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. With radio hit tracks including Livin On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Never Say Goodbye and Fan Favourites, Let It Rock, You Give Love A Bad Name, Raise Your Hands and Wild In The Streets, Its no surprise that Slippery When Wet is one of Glam Rocks best albums. - jpc1995

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3 Hysteria - Def Leppard Hysteria - Def Leppard

The Album that gave us Rocket, Animal, Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Armageddon It and Hysteria, definitely Leppard were again on top of the world. After much success with High N Dry and Pyromania, definitely Leppard had again shown that pure, raw, hard Rock N Roll was still cool. - jpc1995

One of the best albums in music history, Hysteria deserves to be place at number one.

4 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe

A great song and a great album. The Swedish rock band gave the world a fantastic album. with hits like Love Chaser, Rock The Night and The Final Countdown, Europe had achieved major success with their first multi platinum album and single. - jpc1995

5 Open Up and Say... Ahh! - Poison Open Up and Say... Ahh! - Poison

After the success of "Look What The Cat Dragged In" in 1985, Poison's follow up album had to take a toll on the 80's American glam rock scene. sure enough with hits like Nothing But A Good Time, Fallen Angel, Your Mama don't Dance and Every Rose Has It's Thorn, Open Up And Say AH became and international success and put Poison on the world Map. - jpc1995

6 Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue

Motley Crue's Dr Feelgood album became a popular product on the Sunset Strip in the late 80's. This features Crue classics Same Ol Situation, Dr Feelgood, Don't Go Away Mad and Kickstart My Heart and is the last album that features Vince Neil on vocals before his departure and return in 1997. The album's success rate sent the Crue on a 2 year world tour. A must have for hard rock fans. - jpc1995

7 1984 - Van Halen 1984 - Van Halen

Jump, I'll Wait, Panama and Hot For The Teacher. any album with classics like these is destined for greatness. released in 1984, The Van Halen brothers again showed the world their talent. from high speed screaming guitar solos to quality songwriting and performance, Van Halen's 1984 album is an absolute classic. - jpc1995

8 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

The first album from Iron Maiden that featured Bruce Dickinson on lead vocals. This album gave Iron Maiden support from international radio stations with hits Run to The Hills and Number Of The Beast and went #1 in the US, UK and Australia. Iron Maiden then set out on the Number Of The Beast world tour before recording Powerslave and taking on the world again - jpc1995

It's so far from glam, maybe its opposite. - Metal_Treasure

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9 Whitesnake - Whitesnake Whitesnake - Whitesnake

After Fronting Deep Purple, David Coverdale finally formed what would become "Whitesnake". after 6 commercially successful albums, Whitesnake released their self titled album. along side a massive tour, this album gave the world some of rocks greatest songs including Here I Go Again, Is This Love, Crying In The Rain and Still Of The Night. - jpc1995

10 Pyromania - Def Leppard Pyromania - Def Leppard

The Contenders

11 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Great album. To the guy who posted before me... This album is 180 degrees out from Glam. You must be the first in history to make that claim about Metallica.

Released in 1984, Metallica's second album Ride The Lightning gave the band some radio attention with hits Fade To Black and For Whom The Bell Tolls. Ride The Lightning became popular amongst the Glam Rock scene after the low success rate of their Thrash metal album Kill Em All in 1983. A good quality glam metal album with some mind blowing guitar work from Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield. - jpc1995

12 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
13 New Jersey - Bon Jovi New Jersey - Bon Jovi V 1 Comment
14 Night Songs - Cinderella Night Songs - Cinderella
15 Power Metal - Pantera Power Metal - Pantera
16 Metal Magic - Pantera Metal Magic - Pantera
17 Turbo - Judas Priest Turbo - Judas Priest
18 Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister
19 Love is for Suckers - Twisted Sister Love is for Suckers - Twisted Sister
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Top Remixes

1. Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses
2. Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
3. Open Up and Say... Ahh! - Poison
1. The Final Countdown - Europe
2. 1984 - Van Halen
3. Hysteria - Def Leppard



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