Best Years of Music in the 1980s

Keep in mind that an album may have been more popular in another year than the year that it was released.

The Top Ten Best Years of Music in the 1980s

1 1984

Bathory's Self Titled Album, Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales, Iron Maiden - Powerslave - LostGuyfrom2018

The best year for music indeed. - 80sGreatestOffice

Don't forget Defender's of the Faifth

Selected discography...
1984 - Van Halen, Ride The Lightning - Metallica, Purple Rain - Prince, Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen, Like A Virgin - Madonna, The Works - Queen, Love At First Sting - Scorpions, Sports - Huey Lewis and the News - bigbubba2001

2 1986

Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi, Master of Puppets - Metallica, The Final Countdown - Europe, 5150 - Van Helen, A Kind of Magic - Queen, True Blue - Madonna, Promise - Sade - bigbubba2001

Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? , Somewhere in Time. Great year for metal. - Metarock

Slayer - Reign in Blood, Kreator - Pleasure to Kill, Megadeth - Peace Sells - Metal_Treasure

The best year in music history in the best decade in music history - christangrant

3 1983

Slayer - Show No Mercy, Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac, Metallica - Kill Em All, Mercyful Fate - Melissa, Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual - LostGuyfrom2018

+ good albums by Accept, Mercyful Fate and Rainbow - Metal_Treasure

First Ministry album!

Selected discography...
Pyromania - Def Leppard, Frontiers - Journey, Bark At The Moon - Ozzy Osborne, Kill Em' All - Metallica, Metal Health - Quiet Riot, Holy Diver - Dio, Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind - bigbubba2001

4 1989

Obituary - Slowly We Rot, Pestillence - Consuming Impulse, Annihilator - Alice In Hell, Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise - LostGuyfrom2018

How has nobody mentioned Doolittle by Pixies yet? - Sop

The Stone Roses released their iconic first album, opening the world up to Madchester - BIG260911

Selected discography
Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue, Like A Prayer - Madonna, Pump - Aerosmith, But Seriously...-Phil Collins, Skid Row - Skid Row, Storm Front - Billy Joel, Repeat Offender - Richard Marx - bigbubba2001

5 1987

Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, Testament - The Legacy, Candlemass - Nightfall, Voivod - Killing Technology, Death - Scream Bloody Gore.
This year was in my opinion the best or maybe the second best year for Metal of the 80s - LostGuyfrom2018

Definitely a good year. Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation, Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and of course Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction. - Metarock

Very strong year for hard rock - the albums by Guns n Roses, Whitesnake and Def Leppard stand out. - Metal_Treasure

Depeche Mode and Guns N Roses

6 1982

The bestselling album in the world - Thriller, Michael jackson, was released, along with the moonwalk, both incredible marking points in musical history

Venom - Black Metal, Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast, Anvil - Metal On Metal, Accept - Restless And Wild - LostGuyfrom2018

TOTO rules!

Selected discography
Thriller - Michael Jackson, The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden, Asia - Asia, Signals - Rush, Toto IV - Toto, Hot Space - Queen, Rio - Duran Duran, Screaming for Vengance - Judas Priest - bigbubba2001

7 1985

Possessed - Seven Churches, Slayer Hell Awaits, Razor - Evil Invaders - LostGuyfrom2018

Ever heard of Take On Me? - Gamefreak23788

Everybody Wants To Rule The World. - GehennaTheSecond

"Take on Me", enough said... - lannypetersong

8 1988

Bathory - Blood Fire Death, Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Death - Leprosy, Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II, Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest for the Wicked, Slayer - South of Heaven. - Merkwurdigliebe

Selected discography
And Justice For All... - Metallica, New Jersey - Bon Jovi, Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth, N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton, OU812 - Van Halen - bigbubba2001

9 1980

+ Ace of Spades by Motorhead, Animal Magnetism by Scorpions and British Steel by Judas Priest - christangrant

+ Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell (great album with Dio) - Metal_Treasure

Two words: Going Underground.

Selected discography
Back in Black - AC/DC, Blizzard of Oz - Ozzy Osborne - The Game - Queen, Permanent Waves - Rush, The Wall - Pink Floyd.

Bad year because John Lennon and Bon Scott died. - bigbubba2001

10 1981

Venom - Welcome To Hell, Black Sabbath - Mob Rules, Rush - Moving Pictures - LostGuyfrom2018

Rush -Moving Pictures

Selected discography
Double Fantasy - John Lennon, Escape - Journey, Moving Pictures - Rush, Fore! - Foreigner, Paradise Theater - Styx, Hi Infidelity- REO Speedwagon, Face Value - Phil Collins

MTV debuts - bigbubba2001