Rock ve metal müziğin altın çağını yaşadığı 1980`li yıllara bir yolculuk yapıyoruz. 70`lerde fırtına gibi esen AC/DC, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath gibi gruplar 80`li yıllarda da etkisini devam ettirdi. Eski gruplar müziğe yön verirken Metallica, Megadeth ve Slayer bayrağı taşıyacak yeni gruplar olarak piyasaya giriş yaptı. Heavy ve thrash metalin yanında glam, death metal, black metal, grindcore, goregrind türleri de ortaya çıktı. Punk rock, hardcore, endüstriyel müzik kendine yer edinmeye çalışırken ilk grunge denemeleri de bu yıllarda yapıldı.

Loudwire`ın belirlediği 1980`lerin en iyi albümleri şöyle:

80. Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged In

79. Social Distortion – Mommy`s Little Monster

78. Spinal Tap – This is Spinal Tap

77. The Clash – Combat Rock

76. Blue Oyster Cult – Fire of Unknown Origin

75. Quiet Riot – Metal Health

74. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother`s Milk

73. Ratt – Out of the Cellar

72. Ministry – The Land of Rape and Honey

71. Ramones – End of the Century

70. Scorpions – Love ar First Sting

69. Napalm Death – Scum

68. Danzig – Danzig

67. Skid Row – Skid Row

66. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry

65. Motörhead – Iron Fist

64. Death – Leprosy

63. Metallica – …and Justice for All

62. The Cult – Electric

61. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

60. Deep Purple – Perfect Stranger

59. Scorpions – Blackout

58. Yngwie Malmsteen – Rising Force

57. Slayer – Sputh of Heaven

56. Iron Maiden – Killers

55. Venom – Black Metal

54. Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness

53. Testament – The Legacy

52. Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark

51. Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil

50. Black Sabbath – Mob Rules

49. Bad Brains – I Against I

48. Nirvana – Bleach

47. Bad Religion – Suffer

46. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind

45. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman

44. Whitesnake – Whitesnake

43. Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood

42. Descendents – Milo Goes to College

41. Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

40. Morbid Angel – Alters of Madness

39. Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. II

38. King Diamond – Abigail

37. Living Colour – Vivid

36. Judas Priest – British Steel

35. Mercyful Fate – Don`t Break the Oath

34. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

33. Metallica – Kill `Em All

32. Anthrax – Among the Living

31. Sepultura – Beneath the Remains

30. Misfits – Walk Among Us

29. Bad Brains – Bad Brains

28. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

27. Venom – Welcome to Hell

26. Black FLag – Damaged

25. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion

24. Iron Maiden – Powerslave

23. Def Leppard – Hysteria

22. Ecodus – Bonded By Blood

21. Van Halen – 1984

20. Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith

19. Minor Threat – Out of Step

18. Rush – Moving Pictures

17. Dio – Holy Diver

16. Motörhead – Ace of Spades

15. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime

14. Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who`s Buying?

13. Metallica – Ride the Lightning

12. Jane`s Addiction – Nothing`s Shocking

11. Def Leppard – Pyromania

10. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell

9. Rush – Permanent Waves

8. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance

7. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz

6. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

5. Slayer – Reign in Blood

4. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

3. AC/DC – Back in Black

2. Metallica – Master of Puppets

1. Guns N` Roses – Appetite for Destruction