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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 35 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 (Official Video)

The official music video for Mötley Crüe's "Looks That Kill." Official Website: Facebook: Twitter: @MotleyCrue Instagram: @MotleyCrue


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 -


Judas Priest – British Steel

Like actual steel, this Priest classic is f*cking solid.

Judas Priest - Breaking The Law

Special 30th anniversary edition of Screaming for Vengeance. Exclusive DVD and bonus tracksHMV: the special 30th Anniversary edition of Screaming for Vengeance with 4 bonus live tracksiTunes: video by Judas Priest performing Breaking The Law. (c) 2003 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited


Slayer – Reign In Blood

If someone creates a “best metal albums” list and a Slayer album isn’t on it, does it actually exist?  No…it doesn’t, and if your metal collection doesn’t include this iconic album, it’s just sorely lacking.

Slayer: Raining Blood

Music guest Slayer performs "Raining Blood" for the Tonight Show audience.


Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?

Speaking of “buying,” BUY THIS ALBUM RIGHT NOW!

Megadeth - Peace Sells

Official video of Megadeth performing Peace Sells from the album Peace Sells...But Who's Buying. Buy It Here: Like Megadeth on Facebook: Follow Megadeth on Twitter: Official Website: See more videos:

Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast

It was difficult to pick just one album from Maiden to include on this list, but we picked The Number Of The Beast for its historical significance of it being the first Maiden album to feature Bruce Dickinson. (FYI:  Runner-up was Powerslave.)

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (Official Video)

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills - from 1982's The Number Of The Beast Buy from Amazon: Download: Stream: Newly uploaded in HD Complete your Iron Maiden vinyl collection: Download and play Iron Maiden's 'Legacy Of The Beast' iOS and Android game for free now at New album 'The Book Of Souls' out now.



Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

We’re certainly born to lose, but we live for this Motorhead album.

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades (Official Video)

Official music video of the legendary 'Ace of Spades' track by Motörhead. Originally released in 1980. Remembering Lemmy Kilmister, one of the greatest. Now and always! Amazon - iTunes - Spotify ℗ 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.


Dio – Holy Diver

The late Ronnie James Dio was 5’4”, but his voice could move mountains, and it’s on full display on this iconic metal album.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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