1980's .... Top Metal/Rock albums ... give me some suggestions!

vamp2syd

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I get that you like the genre but did you only listen to Metal in this decade?!? So much great stuff is left off... Here is a short list of notable albums that you left off that are top 20 in most books>


Combat Rock - The Clash
Synchronicity - The Police
So - Peter Gabriel
Tattoo You - The Rolling Stones
Purple Rain - Prince
1999 - Prince
Disintegration - The Cure
Murmur - REM
Lets look at the 2nd part of your list....

Have only heard London is Calling from the Clash and did not like it but I may take another swing with Combat Rock

Heard Synchronicity and that one has my favorite Police track but only liked half the album
Did not like "So" but did like "Melt" from Peter Gabriel.
I have heard Tattoo You.... it was OK, same with Purple Rain.... actually did not like most of it but had a few great tracks on it.
Have not heard "1999" ... may give it a listen...

Never listened to The Cure
I've listened to a bunch of REM albums but not Murmur.... I will definitely check that one out.
 

vamp2syd

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I understand that your lean to more aggressive music but then again I do see some wild hair type likes that pop up out of nowhere. I am not all in with many of the types of music on the list I submitted but do get why some may consider them as best of the decade. By the way I am not a big fan of '80s music in general and found it difficult to come up with a list, looking forward to the'90s.
I'm looking forward to the 90's as well..... When I post them on this site it is actually the first time I am seeing them in this order which is based on my rating system.... so I get surprised every once in awhile by what shows up....
 

thavoice

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Gimmie hair bands all day long. You are doing it wrong I'd the following are not included.

Ratt.
Dokken.
Motley Crue.
Tesla.
Guns n Roses.

Give me the catalogs of those five bands for the rest of my life and then I would be fine.


Oh .and U2..... sucks.
 

vamp2syd

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Gimmie hair bands all day long. You are doing it wrong I'd the following are not included.

Ratt.
Dokken.
Motley Crue.
Tesla.
Guns n Roses.

Give me the catalogs of those five bands for the rest of my life and then I would be fine.


Oh .and U2..... sucks.
Out of the Cellar Ratt m Heavy 73.900 1984
Invasion of Your Privacy Ratt m Heavy 74.100 1985

Tooth and Nail Dokken m Heavy 69.700 1984
Under Lock and Key Dokken m Heavy 67.600 1985

Mr. Lynch is one hell of a guitar player but really could not get into Dokken.... I even went and saw them in concert and fell asleep....

Too Fast For Love Motley Crue m Glam 76.090 1982
Shout at the Devil Motley Crue m Heavy 83.540 1983
Theatre of Pain Motley Crue m Glam 71.700 1985
Girls, Girls, Girls Motley Crue m Glam 68.535 1987

Appetite For Destruction Guns N Roses r Hard 76.820 1987
G N' R Lies Guns N Roses r Hard 74.080 1988
 
"Live After Death" might be cheating, but gets you all of Iron Maiden's hits and peak Bruce Dickinson.


"Metal Health" by Accept is pretty solid. Udo Dirkschneider is one of the stranger-looking front men in metal history and would have made an excellent fill-in for Brian Johnson while he was unable to perform.
 

thavoice

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"Live After Death" might be cheating, but gets you all of Iron Maiden's hits and peak Bruce Dickinson.


"Metal Health" by Accept is pretty solid. Udo Dirkschneider is one of the stranger-looking front men in metal history and would have made an excellent fill-in for Brian Johnson while he was unable to perform.
Did they also have a song by that name?

I recall, and loved, the Quiet Riot version. It was the very first tape I owned.


Have had XMRadio now for over a month and loving the Hair Bank and Ozzie's Boneyard.

What groups didnt hold up well in your opinion?

Twisted Sister: Cannot listen to more than a verse.
Bon Jovi: Other than Livin on a Prayer nothing has held up.


Rest of the Hair Bands....stiiiiill lovin it!
 
Did they also have a song by that name?

I recall, and loved, the Quiet Riot version. It was the very first tape I owned.


Have had XMRadio now for over a month and loving the Hair Bank and Ozzie's Boneyard.

What groups didnt hold up well in your opinion?

Twisted Sister: Cannot listen to more than a verse.
Bon Jovi: Other than Livin on a Prayer nothing has held up.


Rest of the Hair Bands....stiiiiill lovin it!
Oops. It's "Metal Heart."

I listen to the hair station on the way home from work...enjoy the guy on in the afternoons who tells stories, does interviews, etc.

I was more into Iron Maiden, JP, etc. back then...but the girls we were chasing liked Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard...

One genre brings back memories of me sitting in my bedroom with the headphones on. The other brings back memories of parking down by the lake...I guess it depends on what kind of mood I'm in and whether I'm on the wife's s&*% list that day.
 

thavoice

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Oops. It's "Metal Heart."

I listen to the hair station on the way home from work...enjoy the guy on in the afternoons who tells stories, does interviews, etc.

I was more into Iron Maiden, JP, etc. back then...but the girls we were chasing liked Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard...

One genre brings back memories of me sitting in my bedroom with the headphones on. The other brings back memories of parking down by the lake...I guess it depends on what kind of mood I'm in and whether I'm on the wife's s&*% list that day.
I was more of a Dokken and Ratt guy. I believe that guy you are talking about mentioned RATT stands for Rock All The Time.

Cue the NBC music.......'The more you know....."
 
I was more of a Dokken and Ratt guy. I believe that guy you are talking about mentioned RATT stands for Rock All The Time.

Cue the NBC music.......'The more you know....."
One of my kids is a pretty good guitar player. I have introduced him to Warren DeMartini and George Lynch via Spotify, but he prefers David Gilmour for some reason.
 

Omar

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OK, I stated that the 70's were and likely the best decade for music ever but the best decade to grow up in was the 80's. I mean you had the music of the 70's to fall back on but the 80's really launched some great Metal bands and what a great scene that was. Bunch of great albums out during this era but there are likely some I have not heard that could make my top 50 list. My top 50 consist of studio albums only with Live and EP albums with unique tracks that do not appear on any other studio album are considered. Now I've listened to a bunch of albums in the 80's so what are your favorites of this era and if I have not listened to them I will check them out....

Share your stories of concerts you went to in the 80's and your record store experiences.... remember record stores?? !!!! ??

My Top 50 Studio albums in reverse order.....

rank/album/band/m=metal,r=rock/Genre/My Rating/Year

50 Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden m Heavy 80.868 1983
49 Power Slave - Iron Maiden m Heavy 81.105 1984
48 Against The Wind - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band r Heartland 81.120 1980
47 Game Over - Nuclear Assault m Thrash 81.147 1986
46 Oh No! It's Devo - Devo r New Wave 81.165 1982
45 Don't Say No - Billy Squier r Hard 81.360 1981
44 Born Again - Black Sabbath m Heavy 81.380 1983
43 Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister m Heavy 81.700 1984
42 Scream Bloody Gore - Death m Death 81.804 1987
41 Killing is My Business…. - Megadeth m Thrash 81.955 1985

40 1984 - Van Halen r Hard 81.955 1983
39 Orgasmatron - Motorhead m Heavy 82.024 1986
38 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath m Heavy 82.255 1980
37 How Will I Laugh Tomorrow….. - Suicidal Tendencies m Thrash 82.300 1988
36 Love at First Sting - Scorpions r Hard 82.357 1984
35 Survive - Nuclear Assault m Thrash 82.400 1988
34 Seven Churches - Possessed m Death 82.700 1985
33 The Plague - Nuclear Assault m Thrash 82.927 1987
32 Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails r Industrial 83.080 1989
31 Defenders of the Faith - Judas Priest m Heavy 83.280 1984

30 Widespread Bloodshed Love Runs Red - No Mercy m Thrash 83.357 1987
29 Show No Mercy - Slayer m Thrash 83.480 1983
28 Refuge Denied - Sanctuary m Thrash 83.513 1988
27 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue m Heavy 83.540 1983
26 Flick of the Switch - AC/DC r Hard 83.740 1983
25 Moving Pictures - Rush r Progressive 83.899 1981
24 Garage Days Re-Revisited ($5.98) - Metallica m Thrash 84.194 1987
23 Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty r Heartland 84.204 1989
22 Momentary Lapse of Reason - Pink Floyd r Progressive 84.490 1987
21 Metal Church - Metal Church m Thrash 85.068 1985

20 Hell Awaits - Slayer m Thrash 85.299 1985
19 Join the Army - Suicidal Tendencies m Thrash Crossover 85.361 1987
18 The New Order - Testament m Thrash 85.640 1988
17 Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies r Punk Hardcore 86.304 1983
16 The Eyes of Horror - Possessed m Death 86.970 1987
15 South of Heaven - Slayer m Thrash 87.680 1988
14 Taking Over - Overkill m Thrash 87.801 1987
13 The Legacy - Testament m Thrash 87.846 1987
12 Reign In Blood - Slayer m Thrash 88.020 1986
11 The Dungeons are Calling - Savatage m Heavy 88.927 1984

10 Killem All - Metallica m Thrash 89.060 1983
09 Beyond the Gates - Possessed m Death 89.383 1986
08 Bonded By Blood - Exodus m Thrash 89.535 1985
07 Bleach - Nirvana r Grunge 90.007 1989
06 Ride the Lightning - Metallica m Thrash 90.605 1984
05 Back in Black - AC/DC r Hard 91.200 1980
04 Peace Sells….But Who's Buying - Megadeth m Thrash 91.355 1986
03 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne m Heavy 93.579 1981
02 Master of Puppets - Metallica m Thrash 95.305 1986
01 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne m Heavy 99.680 1981
No Appetite for Destruction? Your list is wrong
 

vamp2syd

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No Appetite for Destruction? Your list is wrong
It is on there..... #94

Remember this list is based on my likings not what I think others like.....

That album would of been much higher back in the 80's when I played it to death but for my liking it did not hold it's own and since I cannot stand the lead singer anymore it suffered a bit but still a very solid album.
 

Omar

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It is on there..... #94

Remember this list is based on my likings not what I think others like.....

That album would of been much higher back in the 80's when I played it to death but for my liking it did not hold it's own and since I cannot stand the lead singer anymore it suffered a bit but still a very solid album.
He’s a fat pig now, but that album is frozen in time. It’s the best album of the 80s imo.
 
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