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Here is my list of 101 essential hard rock/aor albums from the 80s by 101 artists.

My rules: had to be released 1980-1989; no live albums or best ofs; only one album per artist (solo and band are ok of course eg. VH and DLR); and I have to own a physical copy.

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1.       ACDC – Back in Black 1980

2.       Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation 1987

3.       Alice Cooper – Trash 1989

4.       Autograph – Sign In Please 1984

5.       Badlands – Badlands 1989

6.       Bang Tango – Psycho Café 1989

7.       Black N Blue – Black N Blue 1984

8.       Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet 1986

9.       Britny Fox – Britny Fox 1988

10.   Bulletboys – Bulletboys 1988

11.   Cinderella – Long Cold Winter 1988

12.   The Cult – Electric 1987

13.   D-A-D – No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims 1989

14.   Danger Danger – Danger Danger 1989

15.   Dangerous Toys – Dangerous Toys 1989

16.   Def Leppard – Pyromania 1983

17.   David Lee Roth – Eat Em and Smile 1986

18.   Dokken – Under Lock and Key 1985

19.   Electric Boys – Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 1989

20.   Enuff Z’Nuff – Enuff Z’Nuff 1989

21.   Europe – The Final Countdown 1986

22.   Faith No More – The Real Thing 1989

23.   Faster Pussycat – Faster Pussycat 1987

24.   Femme Fatale – Femme Fatale 1988

25.   Foreigner – 4 1981

26.   Giant – Last of the Runaways 1989

27.   Giuffria – Giuffria 1984

28.   Great White – Once Bitten 1987

29.   Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction 1987

30.   Hanoi Rocks – Two Steps from the Move 1984

31.   Heart – Heart 1985

32.   Helix – Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge 1984

33.   House of Lords – House of Lords 1988

34.   Icon – Night of the Crime 1985

35.   Jetboy – Feel the Shake 1988

36.   Journey – Escape 1981

37.   Junkyard – Junkyard 1989

38.   Keel – The Right to Rock 1985

39.   Kick Axe – Vices 1984

40.   King Kobra – Ready to Strike 1985

41.   King’s X – Gretchen Goes to Nebraska 1989

42.   Kingdom Come – Kingdom Come 1988

43.   Kiss – Lick It Up 1983

44.   Kix – Blow My Fuse 1988

45.   Krokus – Head Hunter 1983

46.   L.A. Guns – Cocked & Loaded 1989

47.   Leatherwolf – Leatherwolf 1987

48.   Lita Ford – Lita 1988

49.   Living Colour – Vivid 1988

50.   Loudness – Thunder in the East 1985

51.   Loverboy – Get Lucky 1981

52.   Michael Schenker Group – Assault Attack 1982

53.   Michael Monroe – Not Fakin’ It 1989

54.   Motley Crue – Too Fast for Love 1981

55.   Night Ranger – Midnight Madness 1983

56.   Nitro – O.F.R. 1989

57.   Noiseworks – Noiseworks 1987

58.   Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz 1980

59.   Phantom Blue – Phantom Blue 1989

60.   Poison – Open Up and Say… Ahh! 1988

61.   Pretty Boy Floyd – Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz 1989

62.   Pretty Maids – Future World 1987

63.   Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime 1988

64.   Quiet Riot – Metal Health 1983

65.   Raging Slab – Raging Slab 1989

66.   Ratt – Invasion of Your Privacy 1985

67.   Romeo’s Daughter – Romeo’s Daughter 1988

68.   Roxx Gang – Things You’ve Never Done Before 1988

69.   Rush – Moving Pictures 1981

70.   Saraya – Saraya 1989

71.   Savatage – Gutter Ballet 1989

72.   Scorpions – Love at First Sting 1984

73.   Sea Hags – Sea Hags 1989

74.   Shark Island – Law of the Order 1989

75.   Shotgun Messiah – Shotgun Messiah 1989

76.   Skid Row – Skid Row 1989

77.   Sleeze Beez – Screwed, Blued & Tattooed 1989

78.   Steve Stevens – Atomic Playboys 1989

79.   Stryper – To Hell with the Devil 1986

80.   Survivor – Eye of the Tiger 1982

81.   Tesla – Mechanical Resonance 1986

82.   Georgia Satellites – Georgia Satellites 1986

83.   TNT – Tell No Tales 1987

84.   Tora Tora – Surprise Attack 1989

85.   Toto – Toto IV 1982

86.   Treat – Dreamhunter 1987

87.   Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 1984

88.   Vain – No Respect 1989

89.   Van Halen – 1984 1984

90.   Vandenberg – Vandenberg 1982

91.   Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion 1986

92.   Vixen – Vixen 1988

93.   W.A.S.P. – The Last Command 1985

94.   Warrant – Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich 1989

95.   White Lion – Pride 1987

96.   Whitesnake – Whitesnake 1987

97.   Winger – Winger 1988

98.   XYZ – XYZ 1989

99.   Y&T – Mean Streak 1983

100.   Zebra – Zebra 1983

101.    ZZ Top – Eliminator 1983

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Hmm...I see my favourite album of all time didn't even make your top 101 of the decade :blink:

and no Back For The Attack to name one...each to their own I suppose

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4 minutes ago, lettard said:

Hmm...I see my favourite album of all time didn't even make your top 101 of the decade :blink:

Which is ...???

I glanced over the list and immediately saw 2 releases that I would've had on my list:

Bad English-S/T

Sammy Hagar-Standing Hampton

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9 hours ago, lettard said:

Hmm...I see my favourite album of all time didn't even make your top 101 of the decade :blink:

and no Back For The Attack to name one...each to their own I suppose

It's not my top 101 🙂. It is 101 essential albums by 101 artists. I know, pedantic. 

I prefer Under Lock and Key for Dokken and I made the rule for myself to pick only one per artist. 

What's your favourite of all time?

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9 hours ago, nyoilers said:

Which is ...???

I glanced over the list and immediately saw 2 releases that I would've had on my list:

Bad English-S/T

Sammy Hagar-Standing Hampton

Agree about Bad English. I only cut them right at the end. I regret that now. But I had to trim so many out. 

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Very close to what I would have. 

For sure Rock City Angels would be in there for me. 

I'd probably swap Bad Aimals with Heart but they were both amazing albums. 

I'm also a big fan of the Bad English. 

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its quite amazing how many brilliant albums there were in the 80s. Also naturally the list is weighted towards 1989. what a year of music that was 

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On 7/16/2021 at 5:22 PM, nyoilers said:

Which is ...???

 

18 hours ago, auslander said:

What's your favourite of all time?

Def Leppard - Hysteria (its on my stats down the side ...fav band fav cd :) )

Although you can't go wrong with Pyromania if you're only choosing 1 per artist :drink:

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2 hours ago, lettard said:

 

Def Leppard - Hysteria (its on my stats down the side ...fav band fav cd :) )

Although you can't go wrong with Pyromania if you're only choosing 1 per artist :drink:

I almost broke the rule for Hysteria. But I had to think about how game changing Pyromania was. I was thinking "if I had to give a list to a newbie of 101 essential 80s albums from 101 artists..." still, some things killed, like leaving out Hysteria, Long Cold Winter etc. If there was no one album per artist rule...

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8 hours ago, auslander said:

I almost broke the rule for Hysteria. But I had to think about how game changing Pyromania was. I was thinking "if I had to give a list to a newbie of 101 essential 80s albums from 101 artists..." still, some things killed, like leaving out Hysteria, Long Cold Winter etc. If there was no one album per artist rule...

can we post our lists? Thought id ask before I invaded your thread lol 

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5 hours ago, Glen said:

can we post our lists? Thought id ask before I invaded your thread lol 

Do it man! I'd love to see more.

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lol, immediately regretted mixing myself up in this, but once I started I had to finish it as I noticed some absent gems on your list. Hardest part was figuring out who was already on the list in a higher spot. Oh, and I included EPs too;

1    Hot Boy     -    Barely Legal     -    1989
2    Bonfire     -    Point Blank     -    1989
3    Pretty Boy Floyd     -    Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz     -    1989
4    Bon Jovi     -    Bon Jovi     -    1984
5    Treat     -    Organized Crime     -    1989
6    Fate     -    A Matter Of Attitude     -    1986
7    Vain     -    No Respect     -    1989
8    Robin Beck     -    Trouble Or Nothin'      -    1989
9    Aviator     -    Aviator     -    1986
10    Poison      -    Look What The Cat Dragged In     -    1986
11    Blue Blud     -    The Big Noise     -    1989
12    Stage Dolls     -    Stage Dolls     -    1988
13    Alien     -    Alien     -    1988
14    White Sister     -    White Sister     -    1984
15    Outside Edge     -    Running Hot     -    1986
16    Hurricane     -    Take What You Want EP     -    1985
17    Melidian     -    Lost In The Wild     -    1989
18    Icon     -    Night Of The Crime     -    1985
19    Def Leppard     -    Hysteria     -    1987
20    Rock Candy     -    Sucker For A Pretty Face     -    1987
21    White Lion     -    Pride     -    1987
22    Cher     -    Heart Of Stone     -    1989
23    Diving For Pearls     -    Diving For Pearls     -    1989
24    Baby Blu     -    Can't Stop Rock N' Roll EP     -    1987
25    Craaft     -    Craaft     -    1989
26    FM     -    Tough It Out     -    1989
27    Michael Morales     -    Michael Morales     -    1989
28    Aldo Nova     -    Twitch     -    1985
29    Dokken     -    Under Lock & Key     -    1985
30    Lillian Axe     -    Love & War     -    1989
31    Heavy Pettin'     -    Big Bang     -    1989
32    DaVinci     -    Back In Business     -    1989
33    TNT     -    Tell No Tales     -    1987
34    Kane Roberts     -    Kane Roberts     -    1987
35    Danger Danger     -    Danger Danger     -    1989
36    Shotgun Messiah     -    Shotgun Messiah     -    1989
37    Great White     -    Once Bitten…     -    1987
38    Phil Cristian     -    No Prisoner     -    1988
39    Moritz     -    City Streets     -    1988
40    Alice Cooper      -    Trash     -    1989
41    Skid Row     -    Skid Row     -    1989
42    Bad Habit     -    Young & Innocent EP     -    1987
43    Dalton      -    Injection     -    1989
44    Europe     -    Out Of This World     -    1988
45    China     -    Sign In The Sky     -    1989
46    Autograph     -    Missing Pieces     -    1988
47    Ratt     -    Out Of The Cellar     -    1984
48    Bad English     -    Bad English     -    1989
49    Jeff Paris     -    Wired Up     -    1987
50    XYZ     -    XYZ     -    1989
51    Tesla     -    The Great Radio Controversy     -    1989
52    Agent     -    Agent     -    1986
53    LeMans     -    LeMans     -    1985
54    Romeo's Daughter     -    Romeo's Daughter     -    1988
55    Roxx Gang     -    Things You've Never Done Before     -    1988
56    Fastway     -    On Target     -    1989
57    Signal     -    Loud & Clear     -    1989
58    Guns N' Roses     -    Appetite For Destruction     -    1987
59    L.A. Guns     -    Cocked & Loaded     -    1989
60    Rio     -    Borderland     -    1985
61    Leatherwolf     -    Street Ready     -    1989
62    Benny Mardones     -    Benny Mardones     -    1989
63    House Of Lords     -    House Of Lords     -    1988
64    Warrant     -    Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich     -    1989
65    Evenrude     -    One Size Fits All     -    1989
66    Fifth Angel     -    Time Will Tell     -    1989
67    Motley Crue     -    Dr Feelgood     -    1989
68    Surrender     -    Better Late Than Never     -    1989
69    White Heat     -    We Never Heart Of You Either     -    1989
70    Bad Habit     -    After Hours     -    1989
71    Strangeways     -    Native Sons     -    1987
72    Robert Tepper     -    No Easy Way Out     -    1986
73    Dominoe     -    Keep In Touch     -    1988
74    Heart     -    Bad Animals     -    1987
75    Lion     -    Trouble In Angel City     -    1989
76    Guardian Angels     -    Guardian Angels     -    1987
77    Aidean     -    Promises     -    1988
78    Vice     -    Hot… Just Looking At You     -    1987
79    Mariah     -    Mariah     -    1989
80    Y & T     -    Contagious     -    1987
81    Pretty Boy     -    Metro Sessions     -    1988
82    Shy     -    Excess All Areas     -    1987
83    Winger     -    Winger     -    1988
84    Babylon A.D.     -    Babylon A.D.     -    1989
85    Bulletboys     -    Bulletboys     -    1988
86    Brighton Rock     -    Take A Deep Breath     -    1988
87    Giant      -    Last Of The Runaways     -    1989
88    Lynn Allen     -    Panorama Park     -    1989
89    Shanghai     -    Take Another Bite     -    1989
90    220 Volt     -    Eye To Eye     -    1989
91    Network     -    Crashin' Hollywood     -    1989
92    Autograph     -    Loud & Clear     -    1987
93    Honeymoon Suite     -    Racing After Midnight     -    1988
94    Swedish Erotica     -    Swedish Erotica     -    1989
95    Skagarack     -    Hungry For A Game     -    1988
96    Rick Springfield     -    Living In Oz     -    1983
97    Triumph     -    Surveillance     -    1987
98    Stranger     -    No Rules     -    1989
99    Survivor     -    Too Hot To Sleep     -    1988
100    Dare      -    Out Of The Silence     -    1988
101    Drive, She Said     -    Drive, She Said     -    1989

 

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1 hour ago, Geoff said:

lol, immediately regretted mixing myself up in this, but once I started I had to finish it as I noticed some absent gems on your list. Hardest part was figuring out who was already on the list in a higher spot. Oh, and I included EPs too;

1    Hot Boy     -    Barely Legal     -    1989
2    Bonfire     -    Point Blank     -    1989
3    Pretty Boy Floyd     -    Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz     -    1989
4    Bon Jovi     -    Bon Jovi     -    1984
5    Treat     -    Organized Crime     -    1989
6    Fate     -    A Matter Of Attitude     -    1986
7    Vain     -    No Respect     -    1989
8    Robin Beck     -    Trouble Or Nothin'      -    1989
9    Aviator     -    Aviator     -    1986
10    Poison      -    Look What The Cat Dragged In     -    1986
11    Blue Blud     -    The Big Noise     -    1989
12    Stage Dolls     -    Stage Dolls     -    1988
13    Alien     -    Alien     -    1988
14    White Sister     -    White Sister     -    1984
15    Outside Edge     -    Running Hot     -    1986
16    Hurricane     -    Take What You Want EP     -    1985
17    Melidian     -    Lost In The Wild     -    1989
18    Icon     -    Night Of The Crime     -    1985
19    Def Leppard     -    Hysteria     -    1987
20    Rock Candy     -    Sucker For A Pretty Face     -    1987
21    White Lion     -    Pride     -    1987
22    Cher     -    Heart Of Stone     -    1989
23    Diving For Pearls     -    Diving For Pearls     -    1989
24    Baby Blu     -    Can't Stop Rock N' Roll EP     -    1987
25    Craaft     -    Craaft     -    1989
26    FM     -    Tough It Out     -    1989
27    Michael Morales     -    Michael Morales     -    1989
28    Aldo Nova     -    Twitch     -    1985
29    Dokken     -    Under Lock & Key     -    1985
30    Lillian Axe     -    Love & War     -    1989
31    Heavy Pettin'     -    Big Bang     -    1989
32    DaVinci     -    Back In Business     -    1989
33    TNT     -    Tell No Tales     -    1987
34    Kane Roberts     -    Kane Roberts     -    1987
35    Danger Danger     -    Danger Danger     -    1989
36    Shotgun Messiah     -    Shotgun Messiah     -    1989
37    Great White     -    Once Bitten…     -    1987
38    Phil Cristian     -    No Prisoner     -    1988
39    Moritz     -    City Streets     -    1988
40    Alice Cooper      -    Trash     -    1989
41    Skid Row     -    Skid Row     -    1989
42    Bad Habit     -    Young & Innocent EP     -    1987
43    Dalton      -    Injection     -    1989
44    Europe     -    Out Of This World     -    1988
45    China     -    Sign In The Sky     -    1989
46    Autograph     -    Missing Pieces     -    1988
47    Ratt     -    Out Of The Cellar     -    1984
48    Bad English     -    Bad English     -    1989
49    Jeff Paris     -    Wired Up     -    1987
50    XYZ     -    XYZ     -    1989
51    Tesla     -    The Great Radio Controversy     -    1989
52    Agent     -    Agent     -    1986
53    LeMans     -    LeMans     -    1985
54    Romeo's Daughter     -    Romeo's Daughter     -    1988
55    Roxx Gang     -    Things You've Never Done Before     -    1988
56    Fastway     -    On Target     -    1989
57    Signal     -    Loud & Clear     -    1989
58    Guns N' Roses     -    Appetite For Destruction     -    1987
59    L.A. Guns     -    Cocked & Loaded     -    1989
60    Rio     -    Borderland     -    1985
61    Leatherwolf     -    Street Ready     -    1989
62    Benny Mardones     -    Benny Mardones     -    1989
63    House Of Lords     -    House Of Lords     -    1988
64    Warrant     -    Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich     -    1989
65    Evenrude     -    One Size Fits All     -    1989
66    Fifth Angel     -    Time Will Tell     -    1989
67    Motley Crue     -    Dr Feelgood     -    1989
68    Surrender     -    Better Late Than Never     -    1989
69    White Heat     -    We Never Heart Of You Either     -    1989
70    Bad Habit     -    After Hours     -    1989
71    Strangeways     -    Native Sons     -    1987
72    Robert Tepper     -    No Easy Way Out     -    1986
73    Dominoe     -    Keep In Touch     -    1988
74    Heart     -    Bad Animals     -    1987
75    Lion     -    Trouble In Angel City     -    1989
76    Guardian Angels     -    Guardian Angels     -    1987
77    Aidean     -    Promises     -    1988
78    Vice     -    Hot… Just Looking At You     -    1987
79    Mariah     -    Mariah     -    1989
80    Y & T     -    Contagious     -    1987
81    Pretty Boy     -    Metro Sessions     -    1988
82    Shy     -    Excess All Areas     -    1987
83    Winger     -    Winger     -    1988
84    Babylon A.D.     -    Babylon A.D.     -    1989
85    Bulletboys     -    Bulletboys     -    1988
86    Brighton Rock     -    Take A Deep Breath     -    1988
87    Giant      -    Last Of The Runaways     -    1989
88    Lynn Allen     -    Panorama Park     -    1989
89    Shanghai     -    Take Another Bite     -    1989
90    220 Volt     -    Eye To Eye     -    1989
91    Network     -    Crashin' Hollywood     -    1989
92    Autograph     -    Loud & Clear     -    1987
93    Honeymoon Suite     -    Racing After Midnight     -    1988
94    Swedish Erotica     -    Swedish Erotica     -    1989
95    Skagarack     -    Hungry For A Game     -    1988
96    Rick Springfield     -    Living In Oz     -    1983
97    Triumph     -    Surveillance     -    1987
98    Stranger     -    No Rules     -    1989
99    Survivor     -    Too Hot To Sleep     -    1988
100    Dare      -    Out Of The Silence     -    1988
101    Drive, She Said     -    Drive, She Said     -    1989

 

Nice list.....some excellent choices on there and only a few I wouldn't allow near my ears...lol

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Heres my list. I'm an old bugger so a fair bit from the early 80s but mostly classics :

101 of the 80s

1. AC/DC - Back in Black. 1980
2. Aerosmith - Pump  1989
3. Airrace - Shaft of Light  1984
4. Aldo Nova - s/t  1982
5. Alien - s/t  1989
6. Almighty - Blood Fire & Love  1989
7. Asia - s/t  1982
8. Aviator - s/t  1986
9. Babylon AD - s/t  1989
10. Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe  1989
11. Bad English - s/t  1989
12. Benny Mardones - s/t  1989
13. Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell  1980
14. Bonfire - Point Blank  1989
15. Bon Jovi - s/t  1984
16. Boston - 3rd Stage  1986
17. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA  1984
18. Bryan Adams - Reckless  1984
19. The Creek - Storm the Gate  1989
20. Cult - Sonic Temple  1989
21. Dan Reed Network - s/t  1988
22. Danger Danger - s/t  1989
23. Dare - Out of the Silence  1988
24. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers  1984
25. Def Leppard - Hysteria. 1987
26. Dio - Holy Diver  1983
27. DLR - Skyscraper  1988
28. Dokken - Back for the Attack  1987
29. Dire Straits - Making Movies  1980
30. Dirty Looks - Cool From The Wire 1988
31. Diving for Pearls - s/t  1989
32. Drive She Said - s/t  1989
33. Eric Martin Band - Sucker For a Pretty Face  1983
34. Enuff z Nuff - s/t  1989
35. Europe - Out of This World  1988
36. Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night  1987
37. FM - Indescreet  1986
38. Foreigner - 4  1981
39. Genesis - Invisible Touch  1986
40. Giant - Last of The Runaways  1989
41. Gregg Rolie - s/t  1985
42. Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction  1987
43. Heart - s/t  1985
44. Honeymoon Suite - The Big Prize  1985
45. House of Lords - s/t  1988
46. HSAS - through the Fire  1984
47. Icon - Night of the Crime  1985
48. Iron Maiden - Number of The Beast  1982
49. I-Ten - Taking a Cold Look  1983
50. Jimmy Barnes - Freight Train Heart  1987
51. Journey - Escape  1981
52. Kiss - Crazy Nights  1987
53. LA Guns - s/t  1988
54. Lillian Axe - Love & War  1989
55. Marillion - Script For a Jesters Tear  1983
56. Magnum - Vigilante  1986
57. Mastodon - Its a Jungle  1989
58. Melidian - Lost in the Wild  1989
59. Metallica - Ride the Lightning  1984
60. Michael Bolton - Everybody's Crazy  1985
61. Motorhead - Ace of Spades 1980
62. Mr Big - s/t  1989
63. MSG - s/t  1981
64. Night Ranger - Big Life  1987
65. Ozzy Osborne - Bark at the Moon  1983
66. Pat Benetar - Crimes of Passion 1980
67. Poison - Open Up & Say Ahh  1988
68. Pretty Maids - Future World  1987
69. Queen - The Game  1980
70. Ratt - Out of the Cellar  1984
71. REO Speedwagon - Hi-Infidelity  1980
72. Robin Beck - Trouble or Nothin 1989
73. Saraya - s/t  1989
74. Saxon - Wheels of Steel  1980
75. Shark Island - Law of the Order  1989
76. Signal - s/t  1989
77. Silent Rage - Don't Touch Me There  1989
78. Skid Row - s/t  1989
79. Starship - Love Among The Cannibals  1989
80. Steve Perry - Street Talk  1984
81. Stevie Nicks - Rock a Little  1986
82. Strangeways - Walk in the Fire  1989
83. Styx - Paradise Theater  1981
84. Survivor - Too Hot to Sleep  1988
85. Terraplane - Black n White  1985
86. Tesla - Mechanical Resonance  1986
87. The Babys - Union Jacks  1980
88. Thin Lizzy - Chinatown  1980
89. Tora Tora - Surprise Attack  1989
90. Toto - IV  1982
91. Touch - s/t  1980
92. Treat - Organised Crime  1989
93. Triumph - Allied forces  1981
94. Vain - No Respect  1989
95. Van Halen - 1984
96. Van Zant - s/t  1985
97. White Sister - s/t  1984
98. Wildlife - s/t  1983
99. Winger - s/t  1988
100. Witness - s/t  1988
101. Y & T - Earthshaker  1981

And here's the spread :

1989 : 30

1980 : 11

1984 : 11

1988 : 11

1987 : 8

1986 : 7

1985 : 7

1981 : 6

1983 : 6

1982 : 4

So 1989 reigns supreme as I thought but glad to see 1980 claiming joint second as I still think that was one of the best years in music. I was 10 and everything felt magical. Such a special time in my life.  All 11 of those albums are amazing and have been played to death over the last 40 years 😊

Only 4 from poor old 1982, but 3 of them would feature in my top 10 if I put them in order 😉👍

Of course my overall top 100 (or 101) would look very different as quite a few bands would have multiple entries like Journey, Night Ranger, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden & Marillion 

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8 hours ago, Geoff said:

lol, immediately regretted mixing myself up in this, but once I started I had to finish it as I noticed some absent gems on your list. Hardest part was figuring out who was already on the list in a higher spot. Oh, and I included EPs too;

1    Hot Boy     -    Barely Legal     -    1989
2    Bonfire     -    Point Blank     -    1989
3    Pretty Boy Floyd     -    Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz     -    1989
4    Bon Jovi     -    Bon Jovi     -    1984
5    Treat     -    Organized Crime     -    1989
6    Fate     -    A Matter Of Attitude     -    1986
7    Vain     -    No Respect     -    1989
8    Robin Beck     -    Trouble Or Nothin'      -    1989
9    Aviator     -    Aviator     -    1986
10    Poison      -    Look What The Cat Dragged In     -    1986
11    Blue Blud     -    The Big Noise     -    1989
12    Stage Dolls     -    Stage Dolls     -    1988
13    Alien     -    Alien     -    1988
14    White Sister     -    White Sister     -    1984
15    Outside Edge     -    Running Hot     -    1986
16    Hurricane     -    Take What You Want EP     -    1985
17    Melidian     -    Lost In The Wild     -    1989
18    Icon     -    Night Of The Crime     -    1985
19    Def Leppard     -    Hysteria     -    1987
20    Rock Candy     -    Sucker For A Pretty Face     -    1987
21    White Lion     -    Pride     -    1987
22    Cher     -    Heart Of Stone     -    1989
23    Diving For Pearls     -    Diving For Pearls     -    1989
24    Baby Blu     -    Can't Stop Rock N' Roll EP     -    1987
25    Craaft     -    Craaft     -    1989
26    FM     -    Tough It Out     -    1989
27    Michael Morales     -    Michael Morales     -    1989
28    Aldo Nova     -    Twitch     -    1985
29    Dokken     -    Under Lock & Key     -    1985
30    Lillian Axe     -    Love & War     -    1989
31    Heavy Pettin'     -    Big Bang     -    1989
32    DaVinci     -    Back In Business     -    1989
33    TNT     -    Tell No Tales     -    1987
34    Kane Roberts     -    Kane Roberts     -    1987
35    Danger Danger     -    Danger Danger     -    1989
36    Shotgun Messiah     -    Shotgun Messiah     -    1989
37    Great White     -    Once Bitten…     -    1987
38    Phil Cristian     -    No Prisoner     -    1988
39    Moritz     -    City Streets     -    1988
40    Alice Cooper      -    Trash     -    1989
41    Skid Row     -    Skid Row     -    1989
42    Bad Habit     -    Young & Innocent EP     -    1987
43    Dalton      -    Injection     -    1989
44    Europe     -    Out Of This World     -    1988
45    China     -    Sign In The Sky     -    1989
46    Autograph     -    Missing Pieces     -    1988
47    Ratt     -    Out Of The Cellar     -    1984
48    Bad English     -    Bad English     -    1989
49    Jeff Paris     -    Wired Up     -    1987
50    XYZ     -    XYZ     -    1989
51    Tesla     -    The Great Radio Controversy     -    1989
52    Agent     -    Agent     -    1986
53    LeMans     -    LeMans     -    1985
54    Romeo's Daughter     -    Romeo's Daughter     -    1988
55    Roxx Gang     -    Things You've Never Done Before     -    1988
56    Fastway     -    On Target     -    1989
57    Signal     -    Loud & Clear     -    1989
58    Guns N' Roses     -    Appetite For Destruction     -    1987
59    L.A. Guns     -    Cocked & Loaded     -    1989
60    Rio     -    Borderland     -    1985
61    Leatherwolf     -    Street Ready     -    1989
62    Benny Mardones     -    Benny Mardones     -    1989
63    House Of Lords     -    House Of Lords     -    1988
64    Warrant     -    Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich     -    1989
65    Evenrude     -    One Size Fits All     -    1989
66    Fifth Angel     -    Time Will Tell     -    1989
67    Motley Crue     -    Dr Feelgood     -    1989
68    Surrender     -    Better Late Than Never     -    1989
69    White Heat     -    We Never Heart Of You Either     -    1989
70    Bad Habit     -    After Hours     -    1989
71    Strangeways     -    Native Sons     -    1987
72    Robert Tepper     -    No Easy Way Out     -    1986
73    Dominoe     -    Keep In Touch     -    1988
74    Heart     -    Bad Animals     -    1987
75    Lion     -    Trouble In Angel City     -    1989
76    Guardian Angels     -    Guardian Angels     -    1987
77    Aidean     -    Promises     -    1988
78    Vice     -    Hot… Just Looking At You     -    1987
79    Mariah     -    Mariah     -    1989
80    Y & T     -    Contagious     -    1987
81    Pretty Boy     -    Metro Sessions     -    1988
82    Shy     -    Excess All Areas     -    1987
83    Winger     -    Winger     -    1988
84    Babylon A.D.     -    Babylon A.D.     -    1989
85    Bulletboys     -    Bulletboys     -    1988
86    Brighton Rock     -    Take A Deep Breath     -    1988
87    Giant      -    Last Of The Runaways     -    1989
88    Lynn Allen     -    Panorama Park     -    1989
89    Shanghai     -    Take Another Bite     -    1989
90    220 Volt     -    Eye To Eye     -    1989
91    Network     -    Crashin' Hollywood     -    1989
92    Autograph     -    Loud & Clear     -    1987
93    Honeymoon Suite     -    Racing After Midnight     -    1988
94    Swedish Erotica     -    Swedish Erotica     -    1989
95    Skagarack     -    Hungry For A Game     -    1988
96    Rick Springfield     -    Living In Oz     -    1983
97    Triumph     -    Surveillance     -    1987
98    Stranger     -    No Rules     -    1989
99    Survivor     -    Too Hot To Sleep     -    1988
100    Dare      -    Out Of The Silence     -    1988
101    Drive, She Said     -    Drive, She Said     -    1989

 

So many in that list I "cut". Not cause they weren't worthy as they are. Great list. A couple on there I don't have that I will track down now. Though some go for mega $ and I won't pay stupid prices.

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1 hour ago, Glen said:

Heres my list. I'm an old bugger so a fair bit from the early 80s but mostly classics :

101 of the 80s

1. AC/DC - Back in Black. 1980
2. Aerosmith - Pump  1989
3. Airrace - Shaft of Light  1984
4. Aldo Nova - s/t  1982
5. Alien - s/t  1989
6. Almighty - Blood Fire & Love  1989
7. Asia - s/t  1982
8. Aviator - s/t  1986
9. Babylon AD - s/t  1989
10. Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe  1989
11. Bad English - s/t  1989
12. Benny Mardones - s/t  1989
13. Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell  1980
14. Bonfire - Point Blank  1989
15. Bon Jovi - s/t  1984
16. Boston - 3rd Stage  1986
17. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA  1984
18. Bryan Adams - Reckless  1984
19. The Creek - Storm the Gate  1989
20. Cult - Sonic Temple  1989
21. Dan Reed Network - s/t  1988
22. Danger Danger - s/t  1989
23. Dare - Out of the Silence  1988
24. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers  1984
25. Def Leppard - Hysteria. 1987
26. Dio - Holy Diver  1983
27. DLR - Skyscraper  1988
28. Dokken - Back for the Attack  1987
29. Dire Straits - Making Movies  1980
30. Dirty Looks - Cool From The Wire 1988
31. Diving for Pearls - s/t  1989
32. Drive She Said - s/t  1989
33. Eric Martin Band - Sucker For a Pretty Face  1983
34. Enuff z Nuff - s/t  1989
35. Europe - Out of This World  1988
36. Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night  1987
37. FM - Indescreet  1986
38. Foreigner - 4  1981
39. Genesis - Invisible Touch  1986
40. Giant - Last of The Runaways  1989
41. Gregg Rolie - s/t  1985
42. Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction  1987
43. Heart - s/t  1985
44. Honeymoon Suite - The Big Prize  1985
45. House of Lords - s/t  1988
46. HSAS - through the Fire  1984
47. Icon - Night of the Crime  1985
48. Iron Maiden - Number of The Beast  1982
49. I-Ten - Taking a Cold Look  1983
50. Jimmy Barnes - Freight Train Heart  1987
51. Journey - Escape  1981
52. Kiss - Crazy Nights  1987
53. LA Guns - s/t  1988
54. Lillian Axe - Love & War  1989
55. Marillion - Script For a Jesters Tear  1983
56. Magnum - Vigilante  1986
57. Mastodon - Its a Jungle  1989
58. Melidian - Lost in the Wild  1989
59. Metallica - Ride the Lightning  1984
60. Michael Bolton - Everybody's Crazy  1985
61. Motorhead - Ace of Spades 1980
62. Mr Big - s/t  1989
63. MSG - s/t  1981
64. Night Ranger - Big Life  1987
65. Ozzy Osborne - Bark at the Moon  1983
66. Pat Benetar - Crimes of Passion 1980
67. Poison - Open Up & Say Ahh  1988
68. Pretty Maids - Future World  1987
69. Queen - The Game  1980
70. Ratt - Out of the Cellar  1984
71. REO Speedwagon - Hi-Infidelity  1980
72. Robin Beck - Trouble or Nothin 1989
73. Saraya - s/t  1989
74. Saxon - Wheels of Steel  1980
75. Shark Island - Law of the Order  1989
76. Signal - s/t  1989
77. Silent Rage - Don't Touch Me There  1989
78. Skid Row - s/t  1989
79. Starship - Love Among The Cannibals  1989
80. Steve Perry - Street Talk  1984
81. Stevie Nicks - Rock a Little  1986
82. Strangeways - Walk in the Fire  1989
83. Styx - Paradise Theater  1981
84. Survivor - Too Hot to Sleep  1988
85. Terraplane - Black n White  1985
86. Tesla - Mechanical Resonance  1986
87. The Babys - Union Jacks  1980
88. Thin Lizzy - Chinatown  1980
89. Tora Tora - Surprise Attack  1989
90. Toto - IV  1982
91. Touch - s/t  1980
92. Treat - Organised Crime  1989
93. Triumph - Allied forces  1981
94. Vain - No Respect  1989
95. Van Halen - 1984
96. Van Zant - s/t  1985
97. White Sister - s/t  1984
98. Wildlife - s/t  1983
99. Winger - s/t  1988
100. Witness - s/t  1988
101. Y & T - Earthshaker  1981

And here's the spread :

1989 : 30

1980 : 11

1984 : 11

1988 : 11

1987 : 8

1986 : 7

1985 : 7

1981 : 6

1983 : 6

1982 : 4

So 1989 reigns supreme as I thought but glad to see 1980 claiming joint second as I still think that was one of the best years in music. I was 10 and everything felt magical. Such a special time in my life.  All 11 of those albums are amazing and have been played to death over the last 40 years 😊

Only 4 from poor old 1982, but 3 of them would feature in my top 10 if I put them in order 😉👍

Of course my overall top 100 (or 101) would look very different as quite a few bands would have multiple entries like Journey, Night Ranger, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden & Marillion 

Awesome list too! (Though I think sneaking Fleetwood Mac and Genesis in there as AOR is... sneaky!)

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17 hours ago, Dead Planet said:

Nice list.....some excellent choices on there and only a few I wouldn't allow near my ears...lol

lol. I'd be interested to know those ones. ;)

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10 hours ago, auslander said:

So many in that list I "cut". Not cause they weren't worthy as they are. Great list. A couple on there I don't have that I will track down now. Though some go for mega $ and I won't pay stupid prices.

Yeah, it was tough going. Still plenty of great options well past the number 101. 

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4 hours ago, Geoff said:

lol. I'd be interested to know those ones. ;)

 

4 hours ago, Geoff said:

lol. I'd be interested to know those ones. ;)

On my second read through I must admit there are really only 3 that I would not at least consider for this list and they are Cher, Springfield and Survivor.....

 

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2 hours ago, Dead Planet said:

 

On my second read through I must admit there are really only 3 that I would not at least consider for this list and they are Cher, Springfield and Survivor.....

 

what THTS ? are u joking. I consider one of the absolute finest albums of the 80s 

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1 hour ago, Glen said:

what THTS ? are u joking. I consider one of the absolute finest albums of the 80s 

Not a fan of Survivor or Toto or Asia or Journey or many other soft pop/rock bands from the 80s....I'd have a hard time finding 10 songs that I like from the entire discography of Survivor....

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3 minutes ago, Dead Planet said:

Not a fan of Survivor or Toto or Asia or Journey or many other soft pop/rock bands from the 80s....I'd have a hard time finding 10 songs that I like from the entire discography of Survivor....

maybe but surely that Survivor album is hard rock. So different to their other albums albums 🤔 

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