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The Best Hard Rock Albums of the 1980s

1. Motörhead - No Remorse

Motörhead - No Remorse
September 15, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

2. Rush - Moving Pictures

Rush - Moving Pictures
February 12, 1981
Critic Score
100
1 review

3. Living Colour - Vivid

Living Colour - Vivid
May 3, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

4. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

5. Def Leppard - Hysteria

Def Leppard - Hysteria
August 3, 1987
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

6. AC/DC - Back in Black

AC/DC - Back in Black
July 25, 1980
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

7. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

8. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

9. Def Leppard - Pyromania

Def Leppard - Pyromania
January 20, 1983
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

10. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23, 1988
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

11. Europe - The Final Countdown

Europe - The Final Countdown
May 26, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review

12. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
May 10, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

13. Rush - Permanent Waves

Rush - Permanent Waves
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

15. Whitesnake - Slide It In

Whitesnake - Slide It In
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Aldo Nova - Aldo Nova

Aldo Nova - Aldo Nova
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. Whitesnake - Whitesnake

Whitesnake - Whitesnake
April 7, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

18. The Cult - Electric

The Cult - Electric
April 6, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

19. Billy Squier - Don't Say No

Billy Squier - Don't Say No
April 13, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

20. Foreigner - 4

Foreigner - 4
July 2, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

21. Van Halen - 1984

Van Halen - 1984
January 9, 1984
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

22. Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood

Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
September 1, 1989
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

23. Skid Row - Skid Row

Skid Row - Skid Row
January 24, 1989
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

24. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
August 18, 1986
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

25. Robert Plant - Pictures at Eleven

Robert Plant - Pictures at Eleven
June 28, 1982
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
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