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The Best Metal Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1.

Metallica - Ride the Lightning
July 27th, 1984
USER SCORE
88
662 reviews

2.

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3rd, 1986
USER SCORE
87
725 reviews

3.

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

4.

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

5.

Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
June 10th, 1986
USER SCORE
85
106 reviews

6.

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11th, 1988
USER SCORE
85
164 reviews

7.

Bathory - Blood Fire Death
October 8th, 1988
USER SCORE
84
63 reviews

8.

Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
May 23rd, 1987
USER SCORE
84
27 reviews

9.

Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
October 1st, 1986
USER SCORE
84
175 reviews

10.

Candlemass - Nightfall
November 9th, 1987
USER SCORE
84
46 reviews

11.

Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
April 7th, 1989
USER SCORE
83
56 reviews

12.

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

13.

Metallica - Kill 'Em All
July 25th, 1983
USER SCORE
83
461 reviews

14.

Slayer - Reign in Blood
October 7th, 1986
USER SCORE
83
276 reviews

15.

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

16.

Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
May 12th, 1989
USER SCORE
83
61 reviews

17.

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

18.

Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
October 27th, 1985
USER SCORE
83
31 reviews

19.

Metallica - ...And Justice for All
August 25th, 1988
USER SCORE
82
415 reviews

20.

Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
May 11th, 1987
USER SCORE
82
41 reviews

21.

Godflesh - Streetcleaner
November 13th, 1989
USER SCORE
82
61 reviews

22.

Exodus - Bonded by Blood
April 25th, 1985
USER SCORE
82
33 reviews

23.

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

24.

Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
November 1st, 1986
USER SCORE
82
32 reviews

25.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7th, 1984
USER SCORE
82
45 reviews
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