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Some Of The Best Music Ever Made: Syk's Picks Of Les '80s

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They were the best of times, they were the worst of times. Then thrash kicked glam out of the way, and once again, it was the best of times. Haha. Def Leppard's debut came close. Box of Frogs may yet make an appearance (or two). (Probably not two... something in the air there's just rather Average.)

Created by: Syk | 10.02.2012

1. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
1980 - Remember Tomorrow, Phantom of the Opera, Iron Maiden
2. Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
1980 - Lightning to the Nations, Sucking My Love, Am I Evil?, Helpless
3. Jeff Beck - There and Back
1980 - Star Cycle, The Pump, El Becko, Space Boogie (it seems a couple ideas here were influenced by Rick Derringer's hits as can be found on his Rk'n'Roll, Hoochie Koo compilation CD... oh well, end result sounds great)
4. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981 - Wrathchild, Killers, Purgatory, Twilight Zone, Drifter
5. Neil Young - Trans
1982 - the Computer songs, the Cowboy songs, the Love songs and the re-jig of "Mr. Soul" are all good, but epic finisher "Like an Inca" is the definite masterpiece here (somewhat like v)
6. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
1982 - 2-6 and of course, Hallowed Be Thy Name
7. Rory Gallagher - Jinx
1982 - Big Guns, Signals, Jinxed, Easy Come, Easy Go, Ride On Red, Ride On
8. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
1983 - Where Eagles Dare, Revelations, Sun and Steel, To Tame a Land
9. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983 - The Four Horsemen, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, Metal Militia
10. Dio - Holy Diver
1983 - Stand Up and Shout, Don't Talk to Strangers, Invisible, Shame on the Night
11. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
1984 - everything, with Bellz off (or, at least, TIMMY! on!)
12. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984 - Aces High, 2 Minutes to Midnight, Powerslave
13. Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
1985 - A.I.R, Lone Justice, Madhouse, S.S.C/Stand or Fall, Armed and Dangerous
14. Testament - Demo:1
1985 - Burnt Offerings, Alone in the Dark, Raging Waters + Reign of Terror's intro & middle
15. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986 - whole damn album
16. Slayer - Reign in Blood
1986 - Angel of Death, Jesus Saves, Criminally Insane, Postmortem, Raining Blood
17. Metallica - Master of Puppets
1986 - all songs rule except The Thing... tho oddly, I quite liked Adema's version 19 years later
18. Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
1986 - Caught Somewhere in Time, Wasted Years, Sea of Madness, The Loneliness of the LDR
19. Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
1987 - Always with Me, Always with You, Satch Boogie, Circles
20. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987 - Zombie Ritual, Denial of Life, Sacrificial, Evil Dead, SBG
21. Heathen - Breaking the Silence
1987 - Goblin's Blade, Pray for Death, Set Me Free, World's End
22. Metallica - ...And Justice for All
1988 - everything 7-9... + 1-5 (love for Sorrow hinges on my mood)
23. Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death
1988 - can I say "whole damn album" again? ...I just did, ah well...
24. Death - Leprosy
1988 - Left to Die, Pull the Plug, Open Casket, Choke on It
25. Wargasm - Why Play Around
1988 - Revenge, Bullets & Blades, Le Coucou, Humanoid
26. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
1989 - Immortal Rites, Visions from the Darkside, Evil Spells
27. Anacrusis - Quick to Doubt
1989 - overall a very strong prog-leaning thrash demo, with some parts over-long but indeed some great songs... I tend to prefer the material right in the middle (Wrong + Child Inside + Vital = classic) - see #1 on my next list to see how they still had better to give! (and check the band's news on MS for new stuff 25 years later)
28. Neil Young - Freedom
1989 - Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero, Pt. 1), Don't Cry, No More, Rockin' in the Free World [Electric Return] (Eldorado's a great Latin-tinged/flamenco-influenced rock tune, and most of the rest's a bunch of country that doesn't prevent them from being good songs, though. Not in the slightest!)

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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