The list author says: "The list author says: "I'm putting together a few lists - one for each decade - of albums that I feel every serious power metal fan needs to own. You may disagree, and if so I'd love to hear from you, especially if you think I missed a key album.
Note about this list - Power metal really took form in the '80s, so some of these albums might not be considered power metal by today's standards. I included them because at the time they were called power metal, and their influence on today's power metal bands is undeniable.
Albums are listed chronologically, not by importance."