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Masterpiece 80's Studio Albums

Discussion in '80's Music' started by nichodido, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. nichodido

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    What were the most phenomenal masterpieces of the 80s? I'll name a few to start (some might not be filled with hits, just my opinion on every song, also not ranked, I'm a big Asia fan :)):

    1980:
    Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
    Billy Joel - Glass Houses
    REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

    1981:
    Quincy Jones - The Dude
    Journey - Escape
    Rush - Moving Pictures

    1982:
    Asia - Asia
    Chicago - Chicago 16
    Hall & Oates - H2O
    Joe Jackson - Night & Day
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Toto - Toto IV

    1983:
    Yes - 90125
    Asia - Alpha
    Journey - Frontiers
    Madonna - Madonna

    1984:
    Chicago - Chicago 17
    The Cars - Heartbeat City

    1985:
    Asia - Astra
    The Outfield - Play Deep

    1986:
    Van Halen - 5150
    Billy Joel - The Bridge
    Toto - Fahrenheit
    Europe - The Final Countdown
    Journey - Raised on Radio

    1987, 1988, 1989:
    Nothing

    I honestly feel the 80s got worse ever since 87. 86 held up the 80s from it's fall back in 85, but it just went to complete garbo except for a few things in 87-89.

    82 and 86 were best years I would say, and the average masterpiece albums from my list per year would be (including 87-89): 2.7
     
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    (1980) Lightning to the Nations - Diamonhead
    (1980) Ace of Spades - Motorhead
    (1980) Back in Black - AC/DC
    (1980) Permanent Waves - Rush
    (1980) Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
    (1983) Holy Diver - Dio
    (1984) Powerslave - Iron Maiden
    (1985) Pentagram
    (1987) Appetite for Destruction - Guns n Roses
    (1988) Danzig
     
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  3. Lynch

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    Oy! Going to take me a few minutes to compile a list. I'm sure I'll forget some, but I can DEFINITELY make a list for every year, being as the 80's is by far my favorite decade of music.
     
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    Tough to keep each year's list short, but I'll do my best. Also, I'm barely touching some of the better pop albums of the era. This is mostly hard rock and metal with a few surprises stuck in, simply because they are too good to ignore. I also know that I'll be missing albums, mostly going off of the top of my head for this:



    1980:
    AC/DC - Back in Black
    Judas Priest - British Steel
    Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
    Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
    Ozzy - Blizzard of Ozz
    Van Halen - Women and Children First
    Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion

    Honorable mention:
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    Queen - The Game
    Pat Travers - Crash and Burn
    Michael Schenker Group - The Michael Schenker Group



    1981:
    Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules
    Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry
    Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love
    AC/Dc - For Those About to Rock
    Van Halen - Fair Warning
    Ozzy - Diary of a Madman
    KISS - Music from "The Elder"
    Journey - Escape
    Billy Squier - Don't Say No

    Honorable mention:
    Judas Priest - Point of Entry
    Dokken - Breaking the Chains
    Iron Maiden - Killers
    Loverboy - Get Lucky
    Sammy Hagar - Standing Hampton
    Michael Schenker Group - The Michael Schenker Group
    Genesis - Abacab
    Foreigner - 4
    Triumph - Allied Forces
    REO Speedwagon - High Infidelity
    Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
    Styx - Paradise Theater



    1982:
    Scorpions - Blackout
    KISS - Creatures of the Night
    Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
    Prince - 1999
    Michael Jackson - Thriller

    Honorable Mention:
    Axe - Offering
    Van Halen - Diver Down
    Whitesnake - Saints & Sinners
    Twisted Sister - Under the Blade
    Asia - Asia
     
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    1983:
    Ozzy - Bark at the Moon
    Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil
    Def Leppard - Pyromania
    Dio - Holy Diver
    KISS - Lick It Up
    Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
    Journey - Frontiers
    Huey Lewis and the News - Sports
    ZZ Top - Eliminator

    Honorable Mention:
    AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
    Y&T - Mean Streak
    Metallica - Kill 'Em All
    Quiet Riot - Metal Health
    Accept - Balls to the Wall
    Steeler - Steeler
    Lita Ford - Out For Blood
    Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock'n'Roll
    Krokus - Headhunter
    Loverboy - Keep It Up



    1984:
    Scorpions - Love at First Sting
    Metallica - Ride the Lightning
    Whitesnake - Slide it In
    Lita Ford - Dancing' on the Edge
    Ratt - Out of the Cellar
    Dokken - Tooth and Nail
    Triumph - Thunder Seven
    Prince - Purple Rain
    W.A.S.P.- W.A.S.P.
    KISS - Animalize
    Van Halen - 1984

    Honorable Mention:
    Iron Maiden - Powerslave
    Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
    Keel - Lay Down the Law
    Bryan Adams - Reckless
    Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
    Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi



    1985:
    Dokken - Under Lock and Key
    W.A.S.P. - The Last Command
    Motley Crue - Theatre of Pain
    Ratt - Invasion of Your Privacy
    Keel - The Right to Rock
    Heart - Heart
    Yngwie Malmsteen - Marching Out
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death
    Accept - Metal Heart

    Honorable Mention:
    KISS - Asylum
    ZZ Top - Afterburner
    Loverboy - Lovin' Every Minute of It
    Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit
    Dio - Sacred Heart
    Loudness - Thunder in the East
     
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    1986:
    Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Ozzy - The Ultimate Sin
    Cinderella - Night Songs
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Keel - The Final Frontier
    Ratt - Dancing Undercover

    Honorable Mention:
    David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile
    Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In
    Great White - Shot in the Dark
    Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
    Fastway - Trick or Treat
    Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
    Stryper - To Hell With the Devil
    Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
    Europe - The Final Countdown
    Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
    Van Halen - 5150



    1987:
    Ace Frehley - Frehley's Comet
    Def Leppard - Hysteria
    Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
    Dokken - Back For the Attack
    Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
    Dio - Dream Evil
    Motley Crue - Girls, Girls, Girls
    Great White - Once Bitten
    Whitesnake - Whitesnake
    Sammy Hagar - I Never Said Goodbye
    Ozzy - Tribute
    Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation

    Honorable Mention:
    Michael Jackson - Bad
    Keel - Keel
    McAuley Schenker Group - Perfect Timing
    Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, p1
    Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
    Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat
    Warlock - Triumph and Agony
    Heart - Bad Animals
    Deep Purple - The House of Blue Light



    1988
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    Metallica - ... And Justice For All
    Cinderella - Long Cold Winter
    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    Ratt - Reach For the Sky
    Ozzy - No Rest For the Wicked
    Scorpions - Savage Amusement
    Winger - Winger
    GnR - Lies
    Van Halen - OU812
    Bon Jovi - New Jersey

    Honorable Mention:
    Ratt - Reach For the Sky
    Lita Ford - Lita
    David Lee Roth - Skyscraper
    Bulletboys - Bulletboys
    Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey
    Kix - Blow My Fuse
    Poison - Open Up and Say ... Ahh!



    1989
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    Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy
    Skid Row - Skid Row
    Badlands - Badlands
    Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
    Alice Cooper - Trash
    Babylon A.D. - Babylon A.D.
    Ace Frehley - Trouble Walkin'
    Great White - ... Twice Shy

    Honorable Mention:
    KISS - Hot in the Shade
    Joe Satriani - Flying in a Blue Dream
    Whitesnake - Slip of the Tongue
    Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
    Aerosmith - Pump
    Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks (yeah, I said it!)
     
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    I like all of your lists! Now I might not like some of your picks (i.e. Garth Brooks), but just the fact that you took your time to write this out. Thanks for your time! I also realized that you put mostly all Bon Jovi albums in except for Slippery When Wet, with his 2 most popular songs, and also another huge hit on it. Any reason? My favorite song personally from Bon Jovi is Runaway, but that's me.
     
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    It's there. Check 1986.

    All four of those first BJ albums were solid, through and through. That being said and as a fan of everything the band did in the 80's, I STILL say they have no place being in the RnR Hall of Sham.
     
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    Oh I'm blind. Sorry ! Haha. I like Runaway the best!
     
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    I drank a lot back then.
    I remember great music but the details mostly elude me.

    But not Bon Jovi.
    That much is clear to me.
    He is NOT a freaking cowboy.


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