Bang your head -- and help with a new list
When you say "1980s," some people think Duran Duran. Others think Dokken. Some dream of finding a vinyl copy of "Some Great Reward." Others tremble at the thought of a vintage disc of "Blizzard of Ozz."
Even Kevin Bacon rocks out to a little Quiet Riot in "Footloose." ("Mental Health" would have certainly made that movie soundtrack a bit more intense.)
So leave us a comment with your picks for "Best Metal Albums of the 80s." Nominate as many as you want. Give us a ranking of your top 5 if you prefer. Or even go so far as to say three albums that deserve no part on the list. We'll compile your votes and release a ranking and special podcast soon.
In the meantime, here are some albums to consider:
- Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden): This 1982 album was vocalist Bruce Dickinson's debut with the band. The single "Run to the Hills" hit the top 10, but the album got bad reviews in the U.S.
- British Steel (Judas Priest): This album from 1980 includes the signature tunes "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight." One reviewer later would say: "Everything that ultimately became characteristic of heavy metal is here."
- Diary of a Madman (Ozzy Osbourne): The final studio album featuring guitarist Randy Rhoads has the tunes "Over The Mountain" and "Flying High Again."
- Appetite for Destruction (Guns N' Roses): The band's debut album has sold more than 26-million copies, yet it's only the second-best selling debut album of all time. (Can you name the top one?)
- Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue): The fifth album from Crue (and the first recorded after the band members got sober). Includes the title track, "Kickstart My Heart" and "Some Ol' Situation."
- ... And Justice For All (Metallica): First album after the death of bassist Cliff Burton. Every song -- including singles "One" and "Harvester of Sorrow" -- is more than 5 minutes long.