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Hardrock Haven’s Top 10 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of the 1980s

HRH Top 10 1980s

The Hardrock Haven staff is taking a nostalgic trip back to the ’80s, taking aim at those Hard Rock and Metal albums that made us fans of the genre(s). Whether it was the angst-driven anthems or the overly decadent lifestyle, the ’80s defined a music era that was hammered into our collective psyche. So, let’s go back in time to when many of us were first turned on to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Alex’s Top 10

bon jovi slippery when wet01. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
02. Def Leppard – Hysteria
03. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
04. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
05. Van Halen – 1984
06. Ratt – Out of the Cellar
07. Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil
08. Dokken – Under Lock and Key
09. Scorpions – Love at First Sting
10. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman


Alexandra’s Top 10

Bon Jovi New Jersey01. Bon Jovi – New Jersey
02. Def Leppard – Hysteria
03. Europe – Out Of This World
04. Dio – Holy Diver
05. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
06. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
07. Alice Cooper – Constrictor
08. Kane Roberts – Kane Roberts
09. Skid Row – Skid Row
10. King Kobra – Ready To Strike


Alissa’s Top 10

Metallica – Master of Puppets01. Metallica – Master of Puppets
02. Ratt – Out of the Cellar
03. Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien
04. Vain – No Respect
05. Skid Row – Skid Row
06. Napalm Death – Scum
07. Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
08. ZZ Top – Eliminator
09. Cinderella – Night Songs
10. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses


Chris A.’s Top 10 (in no particular order)

Slayer – Reign In BloodSlayer – Reign In Blood
Anthrax – Among The Living
Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Exodus – Bonded By Blood
AC/DC – Back In Black
Motorhead – Ace of Spades


Chris B.’s Top 10 (in no particular order)

metallica kill em all01. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
02. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
03. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
04. Ozzy Osborne – Blizzard of Ozz
05. Judas Priest – British Steel
06. Anthrax – Among the Living
07. Dio – Holy Diver
08. AC/DC – Back in Black
09. Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love
10. Metallica – Ride the Lightning


Deb’s Top 10

motley crue girls girls girls01. Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls
02. Poison – Open Up And Say Ahh!
03. Skid Row – Skid Row
04. Def Leppard – High ‘N’ Dry
05. Dokken – Under Lock And Key
06. Dokken – Tooth And Nail
07. Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon
08. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
09. Overkill – The Years Of Decay
10. Warrant – Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich


Derric’s Top 10

Dokken – Tooth & Nail01. Dokken – Tooth & Nail
02. Keel – Keel
03. Black ‘N Blue – Nasty Nasty
04. Great White – Once Bitten
05. Lillian Axe – Love + War
06. Tesla – Mechanical Resonance
07. Tangier – Four Winds
08. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
09. TNT – Tell No Tales
10. Y&T – Contagious


Joe’s Top 10

def leppard high n dry01. Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry
02. Scorpions – Blackout
03. Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
04. Savatage – Hall Of The Mountain King
05. Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
06. Pretty Maids – Future World
07. Bonfire – Point Blank
08. Saxon – Innocence Is No Excuse
09. Krokus – Headhunter
10. Metallica – Master Of Puppets


John’s Top 10

Blue Murder - Blue Murder01. Blue Murder – Blue Murder
02. Badlands – Badlands
03. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
04. Kiss – Creatures of the Night
05. Dokken – Back for the Attack
06. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
07. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
08. Y&T – Contagious
09. Tesla – The Great Radio Controversy
10. Lillian Axe – Love + War


Jonna’s Top 10

dio holy diver01. Dio – Holy Diver
02. Metallica – Master of Puppets
03. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
04. Slayer – Reign in Blood
05. Megadeth – Peace Sells But Who’s Buying
06. Van Halen – 1984
07. Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil
08. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
09. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
10. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast


Justin’s Top 10

iron maiden number of the beast01. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
02. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
03. Metallica – Master of Puppets
04. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
05. Rush – Moving Pictures
06. Journey – Escape
07. Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King
08. Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
09. Faith No More – The Real Thing
10. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction


Kathy’s Top 10

Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz01. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
02. Def Leppard – Hysteria
03. AC/DC – Back in Black
04. Tesla – Mechanical Resonance
05. Tesla – The Great Radio Controversy
06. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
07. RUSH – Permanent Waves
08. Krokus – Headhunter
09. Whitesnake – Slide It In
10. Dokken – Tooth and Nail


Marija’s Top 10

whitesnake 198701. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
02. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
03. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
04. Def Leppard – Histeria
05. Van Halen – 1984
06. Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls
07. Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest For The Wicked
08. Skid Row – Skid Row
09. Winger – Winger
10. Europe – The Final Countdown


Mark’s Top 10

Skid Row01. Skid Row – Skid Row
02. Stryper – To Hell With the Devil
03. Bonfire – Point Blank
04. Lillian Axe – Love + War
05. Alice Cooper – Trash
06. Black ‘N Blue – Without Love
07. Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood
08. Def Leppard – Hysteria
09. Metallica – Master of Puppets
10. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet


Matt’s Top 10

Skid Row01. Skid Row – Skid Row
02. Def Leppard – Hysteria
03. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
04. Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls
05. Poison – Look What The Cat Dragged In
06. Alice Cooper – Trash
07. Mötley Crüe – Shout At The Devil
08. Iron Maiden – The Number Of the Beast
09. W.A.S.P – W.A.S.P.
10. AC/DC – Back In Black


Ron’s Top 10

AC DC Back in Black01. AC/DC – Back in Black
02. Rush – Moving Pictures
03. Scorpions – Blackout
04. Def Leppard – Pyromania
05. Ratt – Out of the Cellar
06. Dokken – Under Lock and Key
07. Van Halen – 5150
08. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
09. Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien
10. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime


Zane’s Top 10

Metallica – Master of Puppets01. Metallica – Master of Puppets
02. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
03. AC/DC – Back in Black
04. Slayer – Reign in Blood
05. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
06. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
07. Van Halen – 1984
08. Dio – Holy Diver
09. Megadeth – Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying
10. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine


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2 Comments on Hardrock Haven’s Top 10 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of the 1980s

  1. AC/DC – Back in Black
    Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
    Def Leppard – Pyromania
    Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Ozzy – Diary of a Madman
    Skid Row – Skid Row
    Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
    Van Halen – 1984
    Journey – Escape

  2. Chris A // July 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm //

    I love metal!

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