Greatest Metal Albums of the 1980s

The Top Ten

1 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 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
3 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.

4 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

5 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
6 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
7 Holy Diver - Dio
8 Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
9 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
10 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.

The Contenders

11 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.

12 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura
13 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
14 Alice in Hell - Annihilator
15 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.

Amazing album but NOT metal. - Metal_Treasure

16 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
17 Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning
18 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.

19 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate
20 Killers - Iron Maiden
21 Kill 'Em All - Metallica
22 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.

23 Persecution Mania - Sodom
24 Seven Churches - Possessed
25 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
26 Welcome to Hell - Venom
27 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
28 Keeper of the Seven Keys (Part II) - Helloween
29 Into the Pandemonium - Celtic Frost
30 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
31 The New Order - Testament
32 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator
33 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue

Before hairspray and lipstick became a major role in hair metal their was Motley Crue. More of a metal band than hair metal at the time, the album Shout at the Devil had raw songs like Shout at the Devil and Looks That Kill, and underrated classics like Red Hot and Knock 'Em Dead, Kid, this would be their last before going hair metal.

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34 Walls of Jericho - Helloween

It's where Chris Jericho got his name from.

35 Hell Awaits - Slayer
36 Severed Survival - Autopsy
37 Hysteria - Def Leppard

The late '80s was more about hair metal than any other genres, and definitely Leppard's Hysteria was one of the most successful and best. Tracks like Love Bites and Animal going towards the pop side than what was on Pyromania. But, just because it's more hair metal doesn't mean it's bad. It's really damn good.

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38 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
39 Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
40 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
41 Among the Living - Anthrax
42 Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails

This isn't an album. It's a song.

43 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
44 Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
45 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
46 Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden

The Trooper, Flight of Icarus, To tame a land. - Metal_Treasure

47 Battalions of Fear - Blind Guardian
48 Bathory - Bathory
49 Abigail - King Diamond
50 Them - King Diamond
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Alice in Hell - Annihilator
3. Reign In Blood - Slayer
1. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
2. Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
3. Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest

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