Best Hard Rock, Glam & Heavy Metal Albums of the '80s

Best, loudest and greatest hard rock/glam metal/heavy metal albums. Music that kick your ass!

The Top Ten

1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction

There will never be an album like this again...a true masterpiece

This album has to be number one! Guns N' Roses reinvented glam metal and hardrock with this album. Every song on Appetite For Destruction is fairly well known by Hard Rock lovers. I don't know anyone who talks about Iron Maiden more than Guns N' Roses. This album has lyrics full of sex, drugs, alcohol, and the gritty underground of Los Angeles. What more could you ask for? This album is a breath of fresh air.

Debut of legendary hard rock band with killer song 'Welcome To The Jungle'. Amazing voice of Axl Rose and Slash's riffs.

This is my favourite album of all time. Not only does it have the smash hits welcome to the jungle, paradise city and sweet child o' mine, but the album tracks are awesome. Some of the songs may not appeal to some people, but regardless, it is still one of the most popular albums of all time. And why is no. 1 and 2 the same album?

2 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

One of their best albums (though many of their albums are gold)

First album of English heavy metal band with divine Bruce Dickinson.

Three big hits on one album! Probably the best metal album ever.

3 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Is it only me that thinks it's awesome judas priest's same album is placed at number one and two

The best of 80's albums

The greatest album in metal!

This is Thrash Metal not Heavy idiots

4 Ratt - Out of the Cellar

Still a killer album and it stood the test of time! I Love RATT.

' awesome album inclued greatest hit of Ratt - 'Round & Round'.

Round and Round is such a good song. fire album

RATT are the best, I still love them after so many years; real cool guitarplayers with DeMartini and R. CROSBY (..R.I.P.) and such a list of amazing heavy Songs.
For me they are the best GlamMetal band ever!

5 Kiss - Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the night is one of the best heavy metal albums of all time and one of the best by KISS should be in the Top 5

The masters of metal at their heaviest!

6 Metallica - Ride the Lightning

In my opinion it's the best Metallica album

7 Cinderella - Night Songs

Great album it is awesome. Nobody's Fool is the best Cinderella song ever

8 Skid Row - Skid Row

Great debut of the young and talented boys from North America.

Awesome album 18 and Life and I Remember You are so good

9 Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
10 Van Halen - 1984

Best frontman ever - Dave Lee Roth with Van Halen brothers made best Van Halen album.

The Contenders

11 Annihilator - Alice In Hell

Technical thrash at its best - a more sophisticated version of thrash. Fast and technical riffs and solos. One of the metal masterpieces (not only of the 80s). This is the most technical album on this list. Really magnificent musicianship.

songs: Alison Hell, Human Insecticide, Schizos. - Metal_Treasure

12 Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil

Wildest guys on the world and their danger, eternal album.

Great debut album

13 Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
14 Reign In Blood - Slayer

I'm 43 and still love it

This is thrash metal too! This site is full of metal poser kids!

SO, You got a problem, fine. At least metal bands actually use real instruments and vocals - RustyNail

15 Def Leppard - Hysteria

Top 5 hands down definitely more deserving than Appetite for Destruction in terms of tracklist and variety

One of the best.

16 Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet

I love Skid Row, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Iron Maiden, but come on... BON JOVI DEFINED THE 80S HARD ROCK GLAM METAL. Slippery When Wet is still a better album then anything on this list, no matter how you think of it. 2 number one hits and a number 7 which went on to become the theme for Deadliest Catch... This deserves to be number 1

Who never heard 'Livin' On A Prayer'? Bon Jovi is everywhere!

Great album, but if we were going to vote for audio satisfaction then this album would be farther down...

Definitely the greatest

17 Whitesnake - Whitesnake

Very underrated album - MattyJ39

18 Back In Black - AC/DC

Back In Black is the second highest selling album OF ALL TIME. They say it will overtake Thriller and eventually become the highest selling album EVER!
But only 20th on this list? Tough crowd!

Greatest hard Rock album EVER. Released in the 80s. How isn't it on the list?!

This should be the second behind Appetite For Destruction
What are Ratt doing at the fourth place?

19 Dio - Holy Diver

Strongest track list in metal. Hands down amazing lyrics from the late, great Ronnie James Dio.

20 Van Halen - Fair Warning

Way better than 1984 and compatible to women and children first. Should be ahead of any Bon Jovi album...Seriously!

21 Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

Ronnie James Dio on the title track is pure Gold. Having heard him sing it live yields memories that will last a lifetime.

22 Kiss - Lick It Up
23 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
24 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

This is the best album of iron maiden all the songs on this album enjoyable and there is no weak songs maybe the prophecy but is good too. I'm glad to see the number of the beast first but people that don't know iron maiden probably think that the number of the beast is the best iron maiden album... It's not, it's the most known album but not the best so vote for this or even powerslave (masterpiece album).

25 Iron Maiden - Killers
26 Iron Maiden - Powerslave
27 Riot - Thundersteel

One of the best heavy/power metal albums EVER! - ne6tastnika

28 Look What the Cat Dragged In - Poison

One of the best album of 80s even the album Cover is a crap

29 Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith

Ripping rocking album from an awesome band

30 Def Leppard - Pyromania

This beats Hysteria by far - JaxLeppard1

31 Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
32 Judas Priest - British Steel
33 Quiet Riot - Metal Health

God of scream - Kevin DuBrow - guy who didn't like Pamela Anderson - must be here!

34 Love at First Sting - Scorpions

Should be in the Top 10.
Hits "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Still Loving You" - Irina2932

35 Judas Priest - Turbo

This album is great! When I want to get some 80s vibes, this is one of the albums I play.

36 Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2
37 Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear

As many people give credit to Helloween, this band took the roots of power metal a step further by incorporating precise speed and incredible vocals.

Awesome speed metal touching on thrash but with ear raping melodic vocals - raw and powerful.

They are not a thrash band but this album is so heavy, fast and aggressive that could give thrash bands a run for their money. Vocals alone can win it all (Hansi K├╝rsch is one of a kind metal singer). Try the songs 'Majesty', 'Guardian of the blind'. - Metal_Treasure

38 Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
39 Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
40 Metallica - Kill 'Em All
41 Europe - The Final Countdown
42 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

One of the great heavy metal concept albums

43 Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister

Why isn't this higher? We're not gonna take it is better than every single song on Appetite for Destruction.

The beast...

44 Fatal Portrait - King Diamond

Great album. The best album King Diamond ever did. - VitaminsMan

45 Faith No More - The Real Thing
46 Abigail - King Diamond

Mikkey Dee makes the big difference! 1

47 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
48 Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation

I adore this album - my favorite record by Aerosmith. They made a very cool singles "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Hangman Jury", "Rag Doll" and "Angel" - Irina2932

49 Helloween - Walls of Jericho

This album is where Chris Jericho got his name from.

50 Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1
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