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Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
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9. Judas Priest – 'Screaming for Vengeance'

Judas Priest were at the peak of their commercial popularity when they cut Screaming for Vengeance in 1982. 1980's British Steel turned them into genuine pop hitmakers, and the launch of MTV a year later gave them an entryway into living rooms all across America. Suddenly kids in Topeka, Kansas and Akron, Ohio were slamming their heads along to "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law." 

Screaming for Vengeance was their first opportunity to capitalize off this newfound fame. They didn't disappoint, crafting an unrelenting metal onslaught. At the last minute, they added "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" – a huge radio hit that remains one of their signature songs. The Priest stayed popular all through the 1980s, but this was the peak. Metallica and Iron Maiden started to eat away at their audience as the years ticked by. 

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