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1980 - Best Albums


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Right, here's one for the old buggers amongst us. .AOR, Pomp, Metal and Hard Rock, it's all here with no less quality than what follows in future years and some absolute genre classics and top top quality albums




Saga - Silent Knight

Touch - S/T

The Babys - Union Jacks

New England - Explorer Suite

Girl - Sheer Greed

Saxon - Wheels Of Steel

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell

REO Speedwagon - Hi-Infidelity

Trust - Repression

Reckless - S/T

Cheap Trick - All Shook Up

Rush - Permanent Waves

Blackfoot - Tomcattin'

Loverboy - S/T

Shooting Star - S/T

Roadmaster - Fortress

White Spirit - S/T

Trillion - Clear Approach

Saxon -Strong Arm Of The Law

Girlschool - Demolition

Max Webster - Universal Juveniles

Rose Tattoo - Rock 'n Roll Outlaw

Blue Oyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus

Johnny Van Zant Band - No Nore Dirty Deals

Shakin' Street - S/T

Axe - Living On The Edge

The Michael Schenker Group - S/T

Status Quo - Just Supposin'

AC/DC - Back In Black

Gamma - Gamma 2

Airplay - S/T

Krokus - Metal Rendez-vous


Russia - S/T

Iron Maiden - S/T

Samson - Head On

Pat Travers - Crash And Burn

Triumph - Progressions Of Power

Motorhead - Ace Of Spades

.38 Special - Wide Eyed Southern Boys

Rossington Collins Band - Anytime. Anyplace, Anywhere

Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing

Harlequin - Live Crimes

Ambrosia - One Eighty

Le Roux - Up

Broken Home - S/T

Player - Room With a View

The Babys - On The Edge

Heart - Bebe Le Strange

Speedway Boulevard - S/T

Yes - Drama

Budgie - Power Supply

Def Leppard - On Through The Night

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Ah, yes.

But why are the likes of Saga and Yes in the database, and not Genesis?

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Duke would be on my list as well, along with Kate Bush - Never Ever


So although I started listening to rock in around 85 many albums here are among the first I listened to. Whitesnake - In the heart of the city, probably the first.


Couple of my all time faves in there as well. All Shook Up my fave Cheap Trick, Sheer Greed an amazing album and the Saxon very influential at the time. Many many many years since I've listened to Saxon but included it for the influence it had on me when I first heard it.


AC/DC Back In Black

The Babys Union Jacks

Cheap Trick All Shook Up

Def Leppard On Through The Night

Gillan Glory Road

Girl Sheer Greed

The Joe Perry Project Let The Music Do The Talking

Saxon Strong Arm Of The Law

Status Quo 12 Gold Bars

Whitesnake Live in the Heart of the City

Whitesnake Ready An' Willing

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Ah, yes.

But why are the likes of Saga and Yes in the database, and not Genesis?


A good point and one I am going to tackle on the main pages soon. Prog is a bit of a difficult one for the site I think, as alot of it really isn't HH material, especially the really experimental/ way out stuff. If it is on the more melodic side, then I think it should go on, Genesis included. Most of the Neo Prog bands Marillion, Pendragon, Arena, IQ etc are on the main pages as they incorporate elements of AOR, MR,Hard Rock in their music so I may add a few others of the same ilk that are missing. Otherwise I think Prog should be left alone to the other sites that specialise

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Missd a few:


Thin Lizzy - Chinatown

The Cars - Panorama

Gillan - Glory Road

Journey - Departure

Judas Priest - British Steel

Nazareth - Malice In Wonderland

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

Phil Lynott - Solo In Soho

Red Rider - Don't Fight It

Sector 27 - S/T

Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat

Wild Horses - Their First Album

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38 Special - Wild Eyed Southern Boys

AC//DC - Back In Black

Benatar - Crimes of Passion

Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell

BOC - Cultosaurus Erectus

Harlequin - Love crimes

Judas Priest - British Steel

Kiss - Unmasked

Loverboy - S/T

Molly Hatchet - Beating The Odds

Ozzy - Blizzard of Oz

Prism - Young & Restless

Rush - Permanent Waves

Scorpions - Animal Magnetism

The Cars - Panorama

Toronto - Lookin For trouble

Travers - Crash & Burn

Triumph - Progression of Power

Whitesnake - Ready & Willing

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Well this is my shortlist of stuff I own / have heard, but looking at Jez's list I have qute a few to check out which is cool.


Anyway, REO, Journey and Touch are cool AOR albums.....and I can see a big showdown between, AC/DC, Saxon and Black Sabbath......3 classics imo.


  1. AC/DC Back In Black
  2. Black Sabbath – Heaven & Hell
  3. Bryan Adams Bryan Adams
  4. Dakota Dakota
  5. Def Leppard On Through The Night
  6. Iron Maiden – s/t
  7. Journey Departure
  8. KISS Unmasked
  9. Magnum Marauder
  10. The Michael Schenker Group The Michael Schenker Group
  11. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
  12. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Oz
  13. Queen The Game
  14. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity
  15. Saxon Strong Arm Of The Law
  16. Saxon Wheels Of Steel
  17. Shooting Star Shooting Star
  18. Rick Springfield Working Class Dog
  19. Thin Lizzy Chinatown
  20. Touch Touch
  21. Triumph Progressions of Power
  22. Whitesnake Ready An' Willing



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Contrary to what some people seem to think, I have actually heard most those albums and I can tell you straight out, no doubt about it, my favourite album of 1980 would be Rick Springfield's 'Working Class Dog,' and it'd be the only album from that list I'll ever play again in my life.


It's like a whole different world of music, and personally, it's just not for me at all.

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In no particular order (although the first three probably are :)) ...


Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell

AC/DC: Back In Black

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

Status Quo: Just Supposin'

Whitesnake: Ready An' Willing

UFO: No Place To Run

The Babys: Union Jacks

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard Of Ozz

Shakin' Street: Shakin' Street

The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta

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I'm going to join the party with these lists, as I've spent this afternoon going through my collection year-by-year, so apologies in advance for bumping all these threads.


My Top 8 best of 1980 (in alphabetical order)


AC/DC - Back In Black

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell

Cold Chisel - East

Dire Straits - Making Movies

Rush - Permanent Waves

Thin Lizzy - Chinatown

Whitesnake - Live... In The Heart Of The City

Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing


The first two entries in this list are my favourites, but all of them are great.

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This is all I ended up rating from the year. Figured I may as well get these insignificant years out the way. ;)


1. Benny Mardones - Never Run Never Hide - 73%
2. Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog - 71%
3. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz - 61%
4. Johnny Van Zant - No More Dirty Deals - 45%
5. Trillion - Clear Approach - 45%
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Heathen ;)


Whilst I wouldn't muster a huge list, 1980 included 3 of my favourite albums of all time and the soundtrack to my 10th year on this planet as a mini metal man............



Saxon - Wheels Of Steel

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell

AC/DC - Back In Black


All 3 would easily achieve +90% for me

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