Best of 80s Pop Metal

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The list author says: "The 1980s was a great time for heavy metal across different genres, including thrash, progressive, power and NWOBH. Unfortunately, many heavy metal enthusiasts and elitists tend to deride the contributions that various so called ‘Hair Metal’ or “Glam Metal’ bands have made to popularize heavier forms of music. Although I tend to prefer other sub-genres – particularly Thrash, Power, Progressive and Melodic Death Metal – I cannot deny the sheer enjoyability of many of these bands and the memories that I associate with this music. Many of these albums were heavy, catchy, featured wonderful solos and strong rhythms, and had great shout along choruses. The following bands, to me, represent some of the best pop metal that the 1980s had to offer. First seven hold a marginally higher place in my heart, albeit likely for sentimental reasons only. Other great bands (of this ilk) not mentioned below: Whitesnake, White Lion, and Steelheart."
Pyromania [Deluxe Edition]
1.  Pyromania [Deluxe Edition] by Def Leppard
The list author says:
  "This is one of the earlier masterpieces of pop metal during the 80s. A classic in every word. Get the remastered version. They would later produce the more commercially successful Hysteria, also great, but to me Pyromania is their undisputed best.  Best songs: ALL of them."
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Love at First Sting
2.  Love at First Sting by Scorpions
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  "A classic album from a classic band. Although one of their more commercial albums, these songs totally ruled the radio and the school halls back in the day. Best songs: ALL of them- this is as consistent of an album as they come."
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Appetite for Destruction
3.  Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
The list author says:
  "Their debut album is amazing. The hit songs Sweet Child O Mine and Paradise City are iconic to almost every kid growing up in the 80s. Every song on here is a classic. Best Songs: Welcome to the Jungle, Rocket Queen, Mr. Brownstone, My Michelle, and It’s So Easy. This band was never the same again without Slash."
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Metal Health
4.  Metal Health by Quiet Riot
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  "Back then, this album was the only reason I listened to the radio. High nostalgic value for me given the time it was released and how it popularized heavy metal for a generation of young metal heads. EVERY song is consistently great. My favorite of all album art on this list at least."
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1984
5.  1984 by Van Halen
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  "Eddie Van Halen is truly one of the most inspiring and talented guitarists of all time, along with Randy Rhoads from the 80s era.  1984 is one of their most successful albums and the last to feature David Lee Roth on vocals. Love the cover art.  Best songs:  Jump, Hot for Teacher, Panama. Their other albums are great too."
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Shout at the Devil
6.  Shout at the Devil by Motley Crue
The list author says:
  "Well, this is perhaps one of the most influential of the glam bands – delivering an awesome album early in genre's movement. Great vocals, great solos. Check out Dr. Feelgood for their other masterpiece. Best Songs: Shout at the Devil, Looks That Kill, Helter Skelter, Bastard, Too Young To Fall In Love, Ten Seconds To Love."
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Greatest Hits
7.  Greatest Hits by ZZ Top
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  "OK, not exactly a glam metal band. But boy do they rock with so many classic songs Legs, Sharp Dressed Man, Rough Boy, Cheap Sunglasses, Pearl Necklace, etc..The 80s wouldn’t be the same without them, in my book. This greatest hits will give you all you need."
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Skid Row
8.  Skid Row by Skid Row
The list author says:
  "Skid Row's debut, coming toward the end of the hair metal craze, was very powerful at the time. Front man Sebastian Bach is an amazing singer – probably among the best heavy metal singers...ever. Their first two albums are the best, although the Grunge movement unfortunately gave this band a premature exit. Best songs: 18 and Life, I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild."
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Blow My Fuse
9.  Blow My Fuse by Kix
The list author says:
  "Blow My Fuse is an overlooked gem among 80s pop metal classics. Although they had only one major radio hit (Don’t Close Your Eyes), they really should have received more attention. Their albums are fairly consistent. This album and Midnite Dynamite are their best, in my opinion. Best Songs: Cold Blood, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Blow My Fuse, No Ring Around the Rosie."
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Stay Hungry (25th Anniversary Edition)
10.  Stay Hungry (25th Anniversary Edition) by Twisted Sister
The list author says:
  "Who would have thought such a...colorful bunch would come up with such great tunes! Stay Hungry is a landmark album within the genre. With youthful anthems like We’re Not Going to Take It and I Wanna Rock. I love the video for the former too. Other great songs: The Price (a GREAT ballad from the period), Stay Hungry, Burn in Hell."
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Ratt & Roll 8191
11.  Ratt & Roll 8191 by Ratt
The list author says:
  "This greatest hits album is superb. There is a newer one (Tell the World: the Very Best of Ratt), but since it doesn’t have the excellent ballad Givin Yourself Away, I had to go with the earlier hits album Ratt & Roll: 8191. Best songs: Round and Round, One Step Away, Tell the World, You Think You’re Tough, and well…many others."
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Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
12.  Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich by Warrant
The list author says:
  "This is a classic and consistently great album that came near the tail end of the glam metal phase. Almost all songs are great. This album also has one of the decade’s finest ballads – Heaven – which also had a typically 80s video too. Cherry Pie is their other nice album, if you’re so inclined."
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Great Radio Controversy
13.  Great Radio Controversy by Tesla
The list author says:
  "Tesla was an underrated band, and this album is their finest. This album has so many of their classic songs:  Hang Tough, The Way it Is, Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out), Lady Luck, and of course perhaps one of the decade’s best ballads: Love Song (top 3, in my opinion next to Still Loving You)."
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Rocked Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits
14.  Rocked Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits by Cinderella
The list author says:
  "With one of the most unique voices in the 1980s, Cinderella is a great band. They have lots of great songs across a few albums. In my opinion, I would pick up this greatest hits which for me gives us 17 great songs, including Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone), Gypsy Road, Heartbreak Station, Nobody’s Fool, Somebody Save Me, and a few other nice nuggets of 80s glam rock."
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Best Of: 20 Years of Rock
15.  Best Of: 20 Years of Rock by Poison
The list author says:
  "OK, this one's a guilty pleasure. Typical 80s glam metal right here, with so many classics so many of us have come to cherish (although not always easy to admit this to – especially with some of your ‘heavier’ metal friends)."
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