Essential 80's

This page has not been updated in 9 years and many changes need to be made to is as I have acquired a LOT of music that I didn't have when I last updated it. I hope to do that someday when I have time!  Scot  3/21/13

This is my list of the Top 150 hard rock and heavy metal cds from the 80's that are still in print as a domestic release, no imports. I have the list broken down into 3 groups. The Top 50 I consider the best of the best. Everyone should own at least 40 of these! After The Top 150 list I have my list of the Top 20 thrash / speed metal albums of the 80's. There is a seperate list of some of the best cds that are out of print or only available as an import at the bottom of the page.

My Top 25 have a + next to the date.


The Top 50

Accept - Balls To The Wall (84) +

AC/DC - Back In Black (80) +

AC/DC - For Those About To Rock We Salute you (81)

AC/DC - Flick Of The Switch (83)

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell (80)

Cinderella - Night Songs (86)

Def Leppard - High 'N' Dry (81) +

Def Leppard - Pyromania (83) +

Dio - Holy Diver (83) +

Dio - Last In Line (84)

Dirty Looks - Cool From The Wire (88)

Dokken - Tooth And Nail (84)

Dokken - Under Lock And Key (85) +

Dokken - Back For The Attack (87) +

Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (87) +

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (82)

Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind (83) +

Iron Maiden - Powerslave (85) +

Judas Priest - British Steel (80)

Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance (82)

Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith (84)

Judas Priest - Turbo (86)

Kick Axe - Vises (84) +
this cd is hard to find but it is out there!

Kiss - Creatures Of The Night (82) +

Krokus - Headhunter (83)

Kiss - Lick It Up (83)

Krokus - Headhunter (83)

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil (83) +

Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood (89)

Motorhead - Ace Of Spades (80) +

Ted Nugent - Scream Dream (80)

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz (80) +

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman (81) +

Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon (83)

Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime (88) +

Quiet Riot - Metal Health (83) +

Quiet Riot - Condition Critical (84)

Ratt - Out Of The Cellar (83) +

Ratt - Invasion Of Your Privacy (85) +

Riot - Fire Down Under (81)

Rush - Moving Pictures (81)

Savatage - Power Of The Night (85)

Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King (87) +

Scorpions - Blackout (82) +

Scorpions - Love At First Sting (84)

Skid Row (89)

Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy (89) +

Van Halen - 1984 (83)

W.A.S.P. - The Last Command (85)

Whitesnake (87)

 

51 - 100

Accept - Restless And Wild (83)

Accept - Metal Heart (85)

Armored Saint - Delerious Nomad (85)

Autograph - Sign In Please (84)

Black Sabbath - Mob Rules (81)

Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol (87)

Blue Murder (89)

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (86)

Bulletboys (88)

Cinderella - Long Cold Winter (88)

The Cult - Electric (87)

The Cult - Sonic Temple (89)

Dangerous Toys (89)

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers (84)

Dio - Sacred Heart (85)

Dio - Dream Evil (87)

Faith No More - The Real Thing (89)

Faster Pussycat (87)

Faster Pussycat - Wake Me When It's Over (89)

Fastway (83)

Fifth Angel (88)

Fifth Angel - Time Will Tell (89)

Great White - Once Bitten (87)

Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I (87)

Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II (88)

Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time (86)

Kingdom Come - s/t (88)

Kiss - Animalize (84)

Kix - Blow My Fuse (88)

Krokus - The Blitz (84)

L.A. Guns (88)

L.A. Guns - Cocked And Loaded (89)

Loudness - Thunder In The East (85)

Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (82)

Motley Crue - Theater Of Pain - (85)

Motley Crue - Girls Girls Girls (87)

Mr. Big (89)

Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For The Wicked (88)

Poison - Open Up And Say... Ahh! (88)

Ratt - Dancing Undercover (86)

David Lee Roth - Eat Em' And Smile (86)

Saxon - Power And The Glory (83)

Scorpions - Animal Magnetism (80)

Tesla - Mechanical Resonance (86)

Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll (83)

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (84)

Twisted Sister - Love Is For Suckers (83)

Van Halen - Women And Children First (80)

Van Halen - Fair Warning (81)

Vinnie Vincent Invasion - All Systems Go (88)

Whitesnake - Slide It In (84)

 

101 -150

AC/DC - Fly On The Wall (85)

AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video (88)

Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation (87)

Aerosmith - Pump (89)

Armored Saint - March Of The Saint (84)

Armored Saint - Raising Fear (87)

Bon Jovi (84)

Bon Jovi - 7800 Fahrenheit (85)

Alice Cooper - Trash (89)

Def Leppard - On Through The Night (80)

Def Leppard - Hysteria (87)

Fastway - Trick Or Treat soundtrack (86)

Lita Ford - Lita (88)

Ace Frehley - Trouble Walkin' (89)

Grim Reaper - See You In Hell (84)

Iron Maiden (80)

Iron Maiden - Killers (81)

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (88)

Judas Priest - Point Of Entry (81)

Judas Priest - Ram It Down (88)

Killer Dwarfs - Big Deal (88)

Killer Dwarfs - Stand Tall (86)

King's X - Out Of The Silent Planet (88)

King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska (89)

Kiss - Asylum (85)

Kiss - Hot In The Shade (89)

Kix - Midnite Dynamite (85)

Loudness - Lightning Strikes (86)

Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force - Odyssey (88)

Metal Church (85)

Metal Church - The Dark (86)

Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise (89)

Motorhead - Iron Fist (82)

Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In (86)

Queensryche - The Warning (84)

Queensryche - Rage For Order (86)

Quiet Riot - III (86)

Rainbow - Bent Out Of Shape (83)

Ratt - Reach For The Sky (88)

Running Wild - Death Or Glory (89)

Savatage - Gutter Ballet (89)

Scorpions - Savage Amusement (88)

Van Halen - Diver Down (82)

Van Halen - 5150 (86)

Van Halen - OU812 (88)

Vinnie Vincent Invasion (86)

Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (89)

W.A.S.P. (84)

W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children (89)

Winger (88)

 

Note: I am eventually going to make this a Top 200 list by adding 25 more to the above list and 5 more to the list below. There are many cds that are still in print from the early 80's - with some from the NWOBHM that need to be mentioned.

 

TOP 20 Thrash / Speed Metal CDs

My Top 10 are noted with +

Anthrax - Spreading The Disease (86)

#3. Anthrax - Among The Living (87) +

Anthrax - State Of Euphoria (88)

Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (86) +

Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What! (88)

Metallica - Kill 'Em All (83) +

Metallica - Ride The Lightning (84) +

#1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets (86) +

Metallica - ...And Justice For All (88)

ok, Justice is not really thrash or speed but...

Overkill - Under The Influence (88)

Overkill - Years Of Decay (89)

Slayer - Hell Awaits (85)

Slayer - Reign In Blood (86) +

#2. Slayer - South Of Heaven (88) +

S.O.D. - Speak English Or Die (85) +

Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow...

When I Can't Even Smile Today (88)

Testament - The Legacy (87)

Testament - The New Order (88) +

Testament - Practice What You Preach (89) +

I will probably make this a Top 25 list eventually...

 

Best of CD's

Some Best Of cds to get if you don't have anything from these bands:

Black 'N Blue - Ultimate Collection (01) 20 tracks with great liner notes!

Coney Hatch - Best Of Three (92) Includes 17 songs from their 3 albums released 82-85. This is a Can. import.

Dokken - The Very Best Of Dokken (99) 14 tracks from the 80's

Sammy Hagar - Unboxed (93) Includes 10 of his best from the 80's with 2 new songs.

Helix - Over 60 minutes with... (89) 72 min. and 21 great Helix songs. This is a Can. import.

Krokus - The Difinitive Collection (00)

Ratt - Ratt & Roll 8191 (91) 19 tracks

Triumph - Classics (89) includes 11 songs with 8 from the 80's and 3 from 78-79.

Y & T - Best of '81 to '85 (90) or

Y & T - Ultimate Collection (01) 17 tracks


Here is list of the best cds form the 80's that are now out of print but still might be out there in used cd stores and pawn shops (if your lucky!). Some of these are getting very hard to find. The ones that are available as imports are noted with Imp.

Anvil - Metal On Metal (82) Imp
Anvil - Forged In Fire (83) Imp
Autograph - Loud And Clear (87)
Autograph - That's The Stuff (85)
Babylon AD (89)
Badlands (89)
Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe (89)
Banshee - Race Against Time (89)
Beau Nasty - Dirty But Well Dressed (89)
Black 'N Blue - In Heat (88)
Britny Fox (88)
Britny Fox - Boys In Heat (88)
Crimson Glory (86)
Crimson Glory - Transcendence (88)
D.A.D. - No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims (89)
Deep Purple - House Of Blue Light (87)
Dirty Looks Turn Of The Screw (89)
Fastway - All Fired up (84)
Helix - Wild In The Streets (87) Imp
House Of Lords (88) Imp
Hurricane - Over The Edge (88)
Icon - Right Between The Eyes (89)
Keel - The Final Frontier (86)
Keel (87)
Keel - The Right To Rock (85)
Kick Axe - Welcome To The Club (85)
Kingdom Come - In Your Face (89) Imp
Krokus - Heart Attack (88)
Leatherwolf - Street Ready (89)
Lillian Axe (88) Imp
Lillian Axe - Love And War (89)
Lion - Trouble In Angel City (89)
Lord Tracy - Deaf Gods Of Babylon (89)
Michael Monroe - Not Fakin' It (89)
MSG - Perfect Timing (87)
Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin (86)
Powermad - Absolute Power (89)
Kane Roberts (87) Imp.
Sea Hags (89)
Shark Island - Law Of The Order (89)
Slave Raider - Take The World By Storm (86) re-released in 88 on cd
Slave Raider - What Do You Know About Rock 'N' Roll? (88)
Steve Stevens - Atomic Playboys (89) Imp.
Vain - No Respect (89)
Wrathchild America - Climbin' The Walls (89)

 

Here is a list of some great albums that were never released on cd here in the U.S. or were only available for a for a short time and are very hard to find. Imports are noted with Imp.

Angel City - Two Minute Warning (84)
Black 'N Blue (84) - Imp
Black 'N Blue - Without Love (85) - Imp
Black 'N Blue - Nasty Nasty (86) - Imp
Black Sabbath - Born Again (83) Imp
Black Sabbath - Seventh Star (86) Imp
Circus Of Power (88)
Coney Hatch - Friction (85) Imp
Fastway - Waiting For The Roar (85)
Helix - No Rest For The Wicked (83) Imp
Helix - Walkin' The Razor's Edge (84) Imp
Helix - Long Way To Heaven (85) Imp
Highway Chile - Storeybook Heroes (83)
Icon (84) Imp.
Icon - Night Of the Crime (85) Imp.
Kick Axe - Rock The World (86)
King Kobra - Ready To Strike (84) Imp
King Kobra - III (88)
Krokus - Metal Rendez-vous (80) Imp
Krokus - Hardware (81) Imp.
Krokus - One Vise At A Time (82) Imp
Leatherwolf (87)
Lion - Dangerous Attraction (87) Imp
Pretty Maids - Future World (87) Imp
Rough Cutt (85)
Rough Cutt - Wants You! (86)
TKO - In Your Face (84)
TNT - Knights Of The New Thunder (84) Imp
Y & T - Earthshaker (81) Imp
Y & T - Black Tiger (82) Imp
Y & T - Mean Streak (83) Imp
Y & T - In Rock We Trust (84) Imp
Y & T - Down For The Count (85) Imp


Some of the out of print cds can be found at The Pure Rock Shop They sell used hard rock and heavy metal cds. Some of the rare ones are kind of spendy, but if you gotta have it...

If you have any questions about any of the albums or cds listed or have any comments about this page, please e-mail me at: scot@essentialmetal.com

 

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