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

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?

This is the best debut album of all time. No wonder it got #1

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2 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

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

Much better then Guns N Losers trash, Bruce actually can sing and the guitarists are so much better then overrated slash. - Lucretia

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

Heavy can be classified as thrash, so I guess. Its good though. - Lucretia

The greatest album in metal!

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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 Metallica - Ride the Lightning

In my opinion it's the best Metallica album

6 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

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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 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

The Contenders

11 Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil

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

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12 Van Halen - 1984

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

13 Reign In Blood - Slayer

I'm 43 and still love it

Heavy metal applies to thrash though as it does speed, power etic. This is a billion times better then ride the lightning, and Jeff and Tom were better then Kirk and Lars on Metallicas albums. - Lucretia

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

14 Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
15 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...

Waw! There is The best Glam metal álbum of The 80s! Yeah.

16 Def Leppard - Hysteria V 1 Comment
17 Whitesnake - Whitesnake V 1 Comment
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 Van Halen - Fair Warning

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

20 Dio - Holy Diver
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Top Remixes

1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
2. Cinderella - Night Songs
3. Skid Row - Skid Row
1. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
2. Kiss - Creatures of the Night
3. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers



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