best metal albums of the 80's

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer "Izzy D." (Denver)
The list author says: "Eighties metal was better than we give it credit for. We all think hair, and cheeze, but some of it was actually quite signifigant in the history of rock, and more importantly metal. I know my list is mainly mainstream hard rock, but these are the bands I still listen to all these years later."
Master of Puppets
1.  Master of Puppets by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Thrash goes progressive; this is still one of the fastest, most brutal, and technical metal albums ever."
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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
2.  Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "probably the best overall maiden album, for true maiden fans.  just edged out number of the beast, and powerslave to represent Iron Maiden during their most popular era"
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Operation: Mindcrime
3.  Operation: Mindcrime by Queensr˙che
The list author says:
  "One of the best concept albums of all time, this album put queensryche, along with Progressive Metal on the map."
$11.86   Used & New from: $3.93
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Reign in Blood
4.  Reign in Blood by Slayer
The list author says:
  "The music lives up to its name."
$14.11   Used & New from: $2.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (668 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Cocked & Loaded
5.  Cocked & Loaded by L.A. Guns
The list author says:
  "L.A. sleaze rock at its finest, this is probably the best hair metal album of the eighties, easily fullfilling everything Buckcherry is trying to live up to."
$10.00   Used & New from: $1.52
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Back in Black
6.  Back in Black by AC/DC
The list author says:
  "While I prefer Bon Scott fronted AC/DC, this CD easily delivers as the best album the band has to offer.  Not totally metal, but in the eighties our definition of metal was a little different than it is now."
$9.00   Used & New from: $2.27
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The New Order
7.  The New Order by Testament
The list author says:
  "Testament shows they are as good as any other thrash band with this effort"
$11.22   Used & New from: $3.63
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

High N Dry
8.  High N Dry by Def Leppard
The list author says:
  "my favorite leppard album.  I have seen them twice recently, and they always play a good handful of songs off this album"
$26.04   Used & New from: $19.55
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Appetite for Destruction
9.  Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
The list author says:
  "Hollywood Metal at its finest, this album was harder, and definately more metal than all the hair acts the scene had to offer in that era"
$8.39   Used & New from: $0.05
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Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2
10.  Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 by Helloween
The list author says:
  "Back in the day Helloween almost went mainstream, and had regular MTV airtime.  This is the first great power metal album, and just an all around great eighties metal CD.  Helloween is one of the most underated bands in metal history."
$18.17   Used & New from: $10.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

Heaven & Hell
11.  Heaven & Hell by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "the world is full of kings and queens who blind your eyes and steal your dreams, its heaven and hell, RIP Dio"
$16.10   Used & New from: $3.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Beneath the Remains
12.  Beneath the Remains by Sepultura
The list author says:
  "awsome metal brutallity from Brazil"
$12.17   Used & New from: $3.73
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
13.  Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
The list author says:
  "dave mustaine is the closest thing to a modern day prophet"
$11.85   Used & New from: $1.26
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Ride the Lightning
14.  Ride the Lightning by Metallica
The list author says:
  "the most accessable metallica album besides the black album, and I broke my own rule of one album per band, but metallica is the exception"
$18.16   Used & New from: $0.48
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (898 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Years of Decay
15.  Years of Decay by Over Kill
The list author says:
  "thrash metal. this just edged out under the influence to represent the finest east coast thrash band"
$13.90   Used & New from: $6.67
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Among the Living
16.  Among the Living by Anthrax
The list author says:
  "All around good thrash album."
$7.39   Used & New from: $1.37
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Screaming for Vengeance
17.  Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest
The list author says:
  "the album cover alone places this in the top twenty, I think this is a little better than British steel"
$4.22   Used & New from: $0.24
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

Follow the Blind
18.  Follow the Blind by Blind Guardian
The list author says:
  "German Power Metal pioneers deliver an eighties speed metal classic"
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Metal On Metal
19.  Metal On Metal by Anvil
The list author says:
  "old school"
$15.92   Used & New from: $6.15
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

No Rest for the Wicked
20.  No Rest for the Wicked by Ozzy Osbourne
The list author says:
  "This was the first Ozzy album I got, so naturally I think it is one of the greatest all times"
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Can anybody show me where to find the clean versions of their albums up to Countdown to Extinction? 0 15 hours ago
Reign in blood has 666 reviews 1 Jun 16, 2014
Question about "It's so easy" 1 May 21, 2014
AC/DC THE GRANDADYS OF ROCK N ROLL? 3 Mar 12, 2014
this album can't be less then 5 stars. it is practically the most ripped off album. everyone after 1986 tried to be slayer. 13 Feb 22, 2014
the 2004 Remasters suck! except for the bonus tracks! 0 Feb 21, 2014
Is GNR one of the best bands of all time ???? 31 Dec 13, 2013
exhorder 0 Aug 25, 2013
Where are the live tracks from? 2 Apr 23, 2013
1990 back cover 2 Apr 17, 2013
Remastered? 1 Apr 17, 2013
Black Sabbath 6 Feb 11, 2013
 
   

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