Greatest Metal Albums of the 1980s

The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica

Of course, number 1 has got to be Master of Puppets. The album starts out with acoustic guitar, then becomes hard-hitting guitars song called Battery, a fierce, aggressive speed metal track. Other mentions are Master of Puppets known as the greatest Metallica song of all-time, and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) a normal Metallica ballad which has a masterpiece solo, and Orion which features a solo from the bass god Cliff Burton (R.I.P.).

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2 Reign In Blood - Slayer Reign In Blood - Slayer

Slayer is one of the greatest thrash metal bands. Reign in Blood proves it all. With tracks like Angel of Death, which is about Josef Mengele and Raining Blood this album remains Slayer's best. While gaining controversy and slowing the tempo down during the next albums, nothing seems to match the awesomeness of Reign in Blood.

3 Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Easily the best Iron Maiden album, this is a classic. The most popular include Run to the Hills, The Number of the Beast, and the best of them all, Hallowed Be Thy Name. All of the songs are good on this album, so I recommended is to any metalhead. And if you don't own this, shame on you. Up the Irons!

Slayer above Maiden? How is this possible? - Johnnyt800

4 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica
5 Ace of Spades - Motorhead Ace of Spades - Motorhead
6 Powerslave - Iron Maiden Powerslave - Iron Maiden
7 Back In Black - AC/DC Back In Black - AC/DC

After Bon Scott's death, they replaced him with Brian Johnson, an unknown singer who is really known now. His first album is a masterpiece, the album kicks off with Hells Bells, and ends with a Bon Scott tribute Rock 'n' Roll Noise Pollution. Also, Back In Black is a popular metal song, and one of the greatest ever known. Back In Black remains one of the greatest selling albums of all time. And nothing has quite matched.

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8 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

After getting kicked out of Sabbath, Ozzy decided to form his own band. Originally called Blizzard of Ozz, they were forced to change their name to Ozzy Osbourne, so it ended up being a solo artist. But, this album is great. It features Crazy Train, whose riff everyone knows and a marvelous solo. But, Mr. Crowley also has a great solo. But, I say that this is a must-own too.

9 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

Great but this isn't a metal album. - Metal_Treasure

From anything to Welcome to the Jungle to the ballad Sweet Child O' Mine to lesser known songs like Rocket Queen, this album is everything you need for rock 'n' roll (or metal). What is rock 'n' roll all about? Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Guns N' Roses definitely has all three of those stuff.

10 Bonded by Blood - Exodus Bonded by Blood - Exodus

The Contenders

11 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio
12 British Steel - Judas Priest British Steel - Judas Priest

After releasing Hell Bent for Leather (which ranked #2 on my 70s albums list), The Priest released a album called British Steel. It has mainstream songs like Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight, but also has songs that are underrated and awesome like Rapid Fire and The Rage. This album is great for a Priest fan like me.

13 Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
14 Kill 'Em All - Metallica Kill 'Em All - Metallica
15 The New Order - Testament The New Order - Testament
16 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura Beneath the Remains - Sepultura
17 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth

After getting kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed a band. This band was Megadeth. In 1986, they released Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? This album is a really cool album, finish to start. With tracks like Peace Sells and Wake Up Dead or even My Last Words, it is fast, angry, and a must-own.

18 Killers - Iron Maiden Killers - Iron Maiden
19 Persecution Mania - Sodom Persecution Mania - Sodom
20 Welcome to Hell - Venom Welcome to Hell - Venom
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