Greatest Metal Albums of the 1980s

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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
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