Readers Poll: Top 10 Guitar Albums of 1982
When you think of albums from 1982, it's difficult not to think of that certain "biggest-selling album of all time."
But, of course, that was a pop record, and although it contains one of guest guitarist Eddie Van Halen's most celebrated solos, Michael Jackson's Thriller isn't exactly what guitar fans gush over when they look back to 29 years ago.
That isn't to say 1982 was a bad year for guitar-driven classic albums. Judas Priest, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Rush all released significant works that have since entered the annals of rock magnificence. Even top players like Mark Knopfler, Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and Al DiMeola were making great but perhaps less-well-known albums in '82.
Regardless of popularity -- where Mr. Jackson clearly takes the prize -- everyone has their favorite album, and we asked you, the readers, to vote for yours. Now, without further ado, your top 10 guitar albums of 1982.
09. Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
08. Led Zeppelin - Coda
07. Rush - Signals
06. Accept - Restless and Wild
05. Kiss - Creatures of the Night
04. Van Halen - Diver Down
03. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
02. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
01. Scorpions - Blackout
10. Sammy Hagar - Three Lock Box