Greatest Metal Albums of the 1980s

The Top Ten

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2 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.).

It's Really Awesome Gotta Love It, Go Masterpiece!

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?

5 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
6 Holy Diver - Dio
7 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
8 Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
9 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.

10 Bonded by Blood - Exodus

The Contenders

11 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
12 Alice in Hell - Annihilator
13 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.

When Megadeth formed, Mustaine promised that they will play faster and heavier than anybody else. It's a question if they Megadeth managed to do so (as metal was growing very quickly in the 80s),but the sure is that they lost their way in the 90s (even slowly)...

14 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
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.

16 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
17 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura
18 The New Order - Testament
19 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

Great but this isn't a metal album.

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.

20 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.

21 Kill 'Em All - Metallica
22 Persecution Mania - Sodom
23 Seven Churches - Possessed
24 Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning
25 Welcome to Hell - Venom
26 Among the Living - Anthrax
27 Keeper of the Seven Keys (Part II) - Helloween
28 Into the Pandemonium - Celtic Frost
29 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.

This is poser metal

30 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator
31 Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
32 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
33 Walls of Jericho - Helloween

It's where Chris Jericho got his name from.

34 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate
35 Severed Survival - Autopsy
36 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.

This is NOT a metal album.

37 Killers - Iron Maiden
38 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
39 Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails

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

40 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
41 Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
42 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
43 Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden

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

44 Battalions of Fear - Blind Guardian
45 Bathory - Bathory
46 Abigail - King Diamond
47 Them - King Diamond
48 Hell Awaits - Slayer
49 The Real Thing - Faith No More
50 Fatal Portrait - King Diamond
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