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The Best Heavy Metal Albums of the 1980s

1. Motörhead - No Remorse

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

2. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

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

3. Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Iron Maiden - Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

4. Iron Maiden - Live After Death

Iron Maiden - Live After Death
October 14, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

5. Dio - Holy Diver

Dio - Holy Diver
May 25, 1983
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

6. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

7. Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry

Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry
August 22, 1989
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

8. Saxon - Denim And Leather

Saxon - Denim And Leather
October 5, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

9. Venom - Welcome to Hell

Venom - Welcome to Hell
December 1, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

10. Accept - Balls to the Wall

Accept - Balls to the Wall
December 5, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

11. King Diamond - Abigail

King Diamond - Abigail
February 24, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

12. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

13. Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

14. Venom - Black Metal

Venom - Black Metal
November 1, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

15. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime

Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Accept - Restless and Wild

Accept - Restless and Wild
October 2, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children

W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
April 15, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

18. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
May 16, 1983
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

19. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

20. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11, 1988
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

21. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
April 14, 1980
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

22. Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time

Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
September 29, 1986
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

23. Savatage - Gutter Ballet

Savatage - Gutter Ballet
December 1, 1989
Critic Score
80
1 review

24. Motörhead - Iron Fist

Motörhead - Iron Fist
April 17, 1982
Critic Score
80
1 review

25. King Diamond - Them

King Diamond - Them
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
80
1 review
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