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The Best Metal Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1. Metallica - Master of Puppets

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3rd, 1986
USER SCORE
88
429 reviews

2. Metallica - Ride the Lightning

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

3. Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Iron Maiden - Powerslave
September 3rd, 1984
USER SCORE
87
137 reviews

4. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

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

5. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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

6. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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

7. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
May 16th, 1983
USER SCORE
85
96 reviews

8. Bathory - Blood Fire Death

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

9. Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

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

10. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

Metallica - Kill 'Em All
July 25th, 1983
USER SCORE
84
287 reviews

11. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8th, 1980
USER SCORE
84
53 reviews

12. Candlemass - Nightfall

Candlemass - Nightfall
November 9th, 1987
USER SCORE
83
25 reviews

13. Metallica - ...And Justice for All

Metallica - ...And Justice for All
August 25th, 1988
USER SCORE
83
256 reviews

14. Mercyful Fate - Melissa

Mercyful Fate - Melissa
October 30th, 1983
USER SCORE
83
29 reviews

15. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains

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

16. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23rd, 1988
USER SCORE
83
50 reviews

17. Death - Leprosy

Death - Leprosy
November 16th, 1988
USER SCORE
83
59 reviews

18. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7th, 1984
USER SCORE
83
32 reviews

19. Slayer - Reign in Blood

Slayer - Reign in Blood
October 7th, 1986
USER SCORE
82
174 reviews

20. Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time

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

21. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith

Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
January 4th, 1984
USER SCORE
82
31 reviews

22. Slayer - Hell Awaits

Slayer - Hell Awaits
March 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
81
56 reviews

23. Testament - The Legacy

Testament - The Legacy
April 21st, 1987
USER SCORE
81
27 reviews

24. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
September 20th, 1980
USER SCORE
81
45 reviews

25. Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

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