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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue perform during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Motley Crue’s Shout At The Devil was released 34 years ago today (September 26), and in our humble opinion, when it comes to 80’s metal albums, it’s definitely a must-own.

In honor of its anniversary, we’ve assembled the following list of metal albums from the 80’s we think every music fan should own.  It also doubles as a convenient “metal starter kit” (if you will) for the youths dipping their toe into metal for the first time, because someone has to think about the children, dammit!

(For the sake of this list, each band will only have one album representing them.)


Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil

Badass and glam-influenced and proud of it! Also, that title track, though…

Mötley Crüe - Looks That Kill

Music video by Motley Crue performing Looks That Kill. (P) 1983 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Masters 2000 Inc


Metallica – Master Of Puppets

More like Masterpiece of Puppets.  Everyone should obey this album.

Metallica - Master Of Puppets (Live)

Recorded live in Canada in August 2012 and featured in the motion picture Metallica Through the Never. Metallica Through the Never in IMAX 3D theaters on September 27, 2013 and all theaters nationwide on October 4, 2013. Soundtrack available on September 24, 2013 -

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.