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In today’s From The Vault, I wanted to add a Top 10 list of the albums I would consider my Top 10 albums of the 80’s. This wasn’t easy because there are so many albums that I wanted to include and when I asked many of my friends what their Top 10 would be, I heard so many different answers. After thinking about it for awhile, I finally settled on the albums below:

 10.  Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue

Released in 1986, Shout at the Devil is the second album by Motley Crue that really put them on the map. From the opening track, In The Beginning, I was instantly hooked and never tire of listening to this album from start to finish.


 9.  Spreading The Disease – Anthrax

Released in 1985, this is the second album from Anthax and the first with singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The album features the classic Madhouse, A.I.R. and my personal favorite, Armed and Dangerous.


8.  The New Order – Testament

Released in 1988, The New Order is the second album by Testament that made me an instant fan. The album features such great songs as Trial By Fire, Into The Pit and the Aerosmith cover Nobody’s Fault.


7.  Ride The Lightning – Metallica

Released in 1984, this is the second album by Metallica that features such great classics as For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death and Fade To Black. This is the last album Dave Mustaine receives song credit on and the first to feature guitarist Kirk Hammett.


6.  Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – Megadeth

Released in 1986, this album is the second album by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth. From the opening track, Wake Up Dead to Peace Sells to The Conjuring, Megadeth covers a range of topics from cheating boyfriends/husbands to witchraft and devil worship to politics.


5.  Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche

Released in 1988, this the third album by Queensryche which tells the story of a recovering drug addict. Nikki had become disillusioned with society and got involved with a group headed by Doctor X who manipulates him into becoming a political assassin and controls his mind with the word mindcrime. The story shows the struggle the main character goes through to remember exactly what happened while he was an addict and how he struggles to deal with his internal demons and “mindcrimes.”


4.  The Ultimate Sin – Ozzy Osbourne

Released in 1986, The Ultimate Sin once again showcases guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first album with drummer Randy Castillo. This is the fourth studio album released by Ozzy Osbourne after his split with Black Sabbath and includes the classic tracks, Shot In The Dark, Killer of Giants, Secret Loser and the title track, The Ultimate Sin.


3.  Pyromania – Def Leppard

Released in  1983, Pyromania is the third album by Def Leppard and the first album with guitarist Phil Collen. The album includes so many great classics including Photograph, Too Late For Love, Rock of Ages and Foolin’. Def Leppard has shown their strength with all of the challenges they have faced in their career and have proved they can Rock Rock but won’t drop.


2.  Back In Black – AC/DC

Released in 1980, Back In Black is the seventh album by AC/DC and the first with new singer Brian Johnson, after the sudden passing of Bon Scott. The album’s black cover was first rejected by the record company and the band compromised and placed a grey outline around the band’s logo. Dedicated to Bon’s memory, the album is AC/DC’s biggest selling album to date.


1.  Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest

Released in 1982, Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by Judas Priest and my all-time favorite Priest album. The most successful track on the album, You Got Another Thing Comin’ was a last minute addition that pushed the album over the top.

I look forward to hearing your comments and your picks for the Top 10 albums from the 1980’s. From all of us at we want to wish you a Happy and Healthy and Prosperous New Year and look forward to your feedback for the coming  year! Thank you for all your support.