Albums of the 80s

Say what you will about the 80s, but theres nothing questionable about some albums of the 80s.

There were groundbreaking new artists, established bands, and future legends with releases that would top both the charts and our lists of must have albums.

Lucky for us, we can now put our old favorites on our new-fangled iPods to eliminate the risk of our cassette tape being eaten.

Heavy Metal Albums

One of the most legendary albums of the 80s, in any genre, is Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses. This album was a perfect for metal heads and begged to be listen to.

Back in Black, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, and Fly on the Wall, were just three of the six big albums from AC/DC throughout the 80s.

The legendary Metallica was formed in 1981 and quickly became one of the best metal bands with the albums Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and …And Justice for All.

Some other great metal albums were British Steel by Judas Priest, Peace Sells…But Whos Buying? by Megadeth, Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, and Reign in Blood from Slayer.

80s Pop Albums

Both albums released by Michael Jackson were snapped up as soon as they hit shelves. Thriller, included the songs Billie Jean and Beat It, while his second album of the 80s, Bad, had Smooth Criminal, and Dirty Diana.

Madonnas first album was simply titled Madonna, and had hits like Holiday, Everybody, and Borderline. She released three more albums during the 80s; Like a Virgin, True Blue, and Like a Prayer.

Prince was one of the most prolific artists of the decade, releasing nine albums in the 10 years that made up the 80s. Some of his more notable albums were Controversy, 1999, and Purple Rain.

Cyndi Lauper, another icon of the 80s, released Shes So Unusual, and True Colors, both of which went platinum. Lauper also released A Night to Remember later in the decade, though it wasnt as well received as the previous two albums.

Whitney by Whitney Houston, Brothers in Arms, by Dire Straits, and No Jacket Required by Phil Collins were among some other bestselling pop albums of the decade.

Punk Rock Albums

Punk was huge and hardcore in the 80s. Some favorite albums were Walk Among Us by the Misfits, Fresh Fruit for Rotting by the Dead Kennedys, Suffer by Bad Religion and Combat Rock by The Clash.

Billy Idol released some great albums like Billy Idol, Rebel Yell, Vital Idol, and Whiplash Smile. Another prominent punk group was the Sex Pistols with compilation albums like Flogging a Dead Horse, and Sex Pack, as well as a live album, Anarchy in the U.K. – Live at the 76 Club.

80s Hip-Hop / Rap Albums

Run-D.M.C started the whole new school revolution in hip-hop. Their groundbreaking debut album, Run-D.M.C. had hits like Rock Box, Sucker MCs, and Its Like That.

There was It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy, Follow the Leader by Eric B. and Rakim, and the album that launched LL Cool J into stardom, Radio.

There were so many great albums of the 80s that it was easy to have a whole bunch of favorites. Many of these albums have become classics that are still being discovered, and loved – especially by the children of the children of the 80s.