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The Best Heavy Metal Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1.

Iron Maiden - Powerslave
September 3rd, 1984
USER SCORE
86
216 reviews

2.

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
March 22nd, 1982
USER SCORE
86
307 reviews

3.

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11th, 1988
USER SCORE
86
153 reviews

4.

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
September 20th, 1980
USER SCORE
83
78 reviews

5.

Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
May 16th, 1983
USER SCORE
83
147 reviews

6.

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8th, 1980
USER SCORE
83
103 reviews

7.

Venom - Welcome to Hell
December 1st, 1981
USER SCORE
82
25 reviews

8.

Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
September 29th, 1986
USER SCORE
82
127 reviews

9.

Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
January 4th, 1984
USER SCORE
81
50 reviews

10.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7th, 1984
USER SCORE
81
45 reviews

11.

Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
July 17th, 1982
USER SCORE
81
101 reviews

12.

Dio - Holy Diver
May 25th, 1983
USER SCORE
80
76 reviews

13.

King Diamond - Abigail
February 24th, 1987
USER SCORE
80
30 reviews

14.

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
November 7th, 1981
USER SCORE
79
46 reviews

15.

Judas Priest - British Steel
April 14th, 1980
USER SCORE
79
82 reviews

16.

Venom - Black Metal
November 1st, 1982
USER SCORE
79
32 reviews

17.

Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
April 14th, 1980
USER SCORE
79
149 reviews

18.

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
April 25th, 1980
USER SCORE
79
112 reviews

19.

Iron Maiden - Killers
February 2nd, 1981
USER SCORE
78
135 reviews

20.

Danzig - Danzig
October 13th, 1988
USER SCORE
77
45 reviews

21.

Mercyful Fate - Melissa
October 30th, 1983
USER SCORE
77
46 reviews

22.

Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
May 3rd, 1988
USER SCORE
77
33 reviews

23.

Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
November 15th, 1983
USER SCORE
74
29 reviews

24.

Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
November 4th, 1981
USER SCORE
71
50 reviews

25.

Mötley Crüe - Too Fast for Love
November 10th, 1981
USER SCORE
68
25 reviews
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