The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Mötley Crüe, 'Shout at the Devil' (1983)
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44. Mötley Crüe, 'Shout at the Devil' (1983)

Two years after shaking up the Hollywood metal scene with Too Fast for Love, Mötley Crüe took on the world (and Lucifer) with Shout at the Devil. With a pentagram emblazoned on its album sleeve and an over-the-top glam-metal look that came off a bit like what would happen if the New York Dolls made it with a football team, the band went to great lengths to establish themselves as the tough, bloodthirsty new faces of metal. They also had a heavier sound. Starting with "Shout at the Devil" – a fist-banging anthem urging listeners to resist sin (something Crüe failed miserably) – and moving directly into "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young to Fall in Love" (and its overtly misogynistic "I'm killing you/See your face turning blue" couplet) the band custom-made each prospective single to be gritty enough to sit next to Judas Priest on the radio and exist in its own teased-hair universe on MTV. Elsewhere, they courted not Beatlemania but Mansonmania with a "Helter Skelter" cover, painted a gory tableau with the murderific "Bastard" and declared their own greatness on "Red Hot." "During the period that we were writing songs like 'Red Hot' and 'Shout at the Devil' and 'Bastard,' we were really frustrated," Nikki Sixx said around the time of the album's release. "It was during Too Fast for Love, and we had a lot of problems. 'Bastard' was about an old business acquaintance that really hurt us. ... Financially [he] took our tour money and ran with it." Shout at the Devil, now certified four-times platinum, was Mötley Crüe's revenge. K.G.

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