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Top Ten Metal Albums Of Each Year
1980-1989

Criteria: These Metal albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on metal music in general.

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Top Ten Metal Albums of 1980

  1. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
  2. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
  3. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
  4. British Steel - Judas Priest
  5. Heaven & Hell - Black Sabbath
  6. Lightning to the Nations - Diamond Head
  7. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
  8. Strong Arm of the Law - Saxon
  9. Wheels of Steel - Saxon
10. Animal Magnetism - Scorpions
Motörhead - Ace of Spades album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1981

  1. Welcome to Hell - Venom
  2. Killers - Iron Maiden
  3. Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
  4. Too Fast For Love - Mötley Crüe
  5. Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
  6. Denim and Leather - Saxon
  7. Fire Down Under - Riot
  8. Breaker - Accept
  9. High 'n' Dry - Def Leppard
10. Spellbound - Tygers of Pan Tang
Venom - Welcome to Hell album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1982

  1. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  2. Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
  3. Black Metal - Venom
  4. Blackout - Scorpions
  5. Restless and Wild - Accept
  6. Battle Hymns - Manowar
  7. Death Penalty - Witchfinder General
  8. Iron Fists - Motorhead
  9. Pagan Altar - Pagan Altar
10. Metal on Metal - Anvil
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1983

  1. Kill 'Em All - Metallica
  2. Holy Diver - Dio
  3. Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
  4. Melissa - Mercyful Fate
  5. Show No Mercy - Slayer
  6. Shout At The Devil - Mötley Crüe
  7. Into Glory Ride - Manowar
  8. Bark At The Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
  9. Balls To The Wall - Accept
10. At War With Satan - Venom
Metallica - Kill 'Em All album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1984

  1. Ride The Lightning - Metallica
  2. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
  3. Don't Break The Oath - Mercyful Fate
  4. The Last In Line - Dio
  5. Defenders of The Faith - Judas Priest
  6. Fistful of Metal - Anthrax
  7. Bathory - Bathory
  8. Metal Church - Metal Church
  9. Psalm 9 - Trouble
10. Hail To England - Manowar
Metallica - Ride The Lightning album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1985

  1. Hell Awaits - Slayer
  2. To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost
  3. Bonded By Blood - Exodus
  4. Seven Churches - Possessed
  5. Killing Is My Buisness... - Megadeth
  6. Spreading The Disease - Anthrax
  7. Walls of Jericho - Helloween
  8. Feel The Fire - Overkill
  9. Infernal Overkill - Destruction
10. Pentagram (Relentless) - Pentagram
Slayer - Hell Awaits album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1986

  1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
  2. Reign In Blood - Slayer
  3. Peace Sells But Who's Buying - Megadeth
  4. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Candlemass
  5. Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
  6. Pleasure To Kill - Kreator
  7. Awaken The Guardian - Fates Warning
  8. Darkness Descends - Dark Angel
  9. Morbid Visions - Sepultura
10. The Dark - Metal Church
Metallica - Master of Puppets album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1987

  1. Under The Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
  2. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
  3. Among The Living - Anthrax
  4. Abigail - King Diamond
  5. Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 - Helloween
  6. Scum - Napalm Death
  7. The Legacy - Testament
  8. Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage
  9. Nightfall - Candlemass
10. INRI - Sarcofago
Bathory - Under The Sign of the Black Mark album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1988

  1. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensrÿche
  2. ...and Justice For All - Metallica
  3. Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 - Helloween
  4. Blood Fire Death - Bathory
  5. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
  6. South of Heaven - Slayer
  7. So Far, So Good...So What? - Megadeth
  8. Leprosy - Death
  9. Killing Technology - Voivod
10. No Rest For The Wicked - Ozzy Osbourne
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime album cover

Top Ten Metal Albums of 1989

  1. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
  2. Beneath The Remains - Sepultura
  3. The Real Thing - Faith No More
  4. Streetcleaner - Godflesh
  5. The Years of Decay - Overkill
  6. Horrified - Repulsion
  7. Slowly We Rot - Obituary
  8. World Downfall - Terrorizer
  9. Symphonies of Sicknes - Carcass
10. Agent Orange - Sodom
Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness album cover
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