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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Metal Albums of the 1980s

Your picks include Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood,’ Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ and Iron Maiden’s ‘Powerslave’


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Heavy metal went from sweaty clubs and basement record collections in the 1970s to basketball arenas and even your sister's Walkman in the 1980s. This was due to incredible new bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica, but also due to MTV. They didn't have a lot of videos in the start of the decade, so they were happy to give lots of airtime to acts like Quiet Riot and Judas Priest.

The grunge revolution was supposed to kill many of these 1980s metal bands, but you'd never know it by watching VH1 Classic or looking at the lineup of your local amphitheater. People remain fascinated by 1980s metal, and groups like Slayer and Anthrax still make a very healthy living. We asked our readers to vote on their favorite heavy metal albums of the 1980s. Click through to see the results. 



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