Guitar World's Top 50 Guitar Albums of the Eighties

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metalmoto

Listen, I know everybody has their favorites and their own list. But the fact that you knuckleheads put The Clash London calling on your list at all, let alone nothing by Michael Schenker shows just out of touch or stoned the guitar world staff is.

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RattandRoll

Yngwie Malmsteen Marching Out should be on the list
and where is Ratt and Dokken?

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FretYouNot

Are you kidding me? No Steve Vai "Passion and Warfare"? No Ozzy "Diary of a Madman"? And the number one is the weakest, least guitar-relevant Van Halen album? Not a single Iron Maiden album? No Gary Moore, Scorpions, Michael Schenker or Steve Stevens? But instead Sonic Youth, U2 and REM? Not to mention a whole slew of bands and albums that I've never even heard of, which might be my ignorance - but probably isn't. And several JIMMI HENDRIX albums? Yeah, I hear he did his best work 15 years after his death.
Who assembled this list? The editors of Vogue?

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Zamdrang

The Scorps...Blackout and/or Love at First Sting... FAR more important GUITAR albums than anything by U2 or Purple Rain.

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PRSSC250Player

Scorpions — Blackout, Love at First Sting
Judas Priest — Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith
Iron Maiden — Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave
Dokken — Back for the Attack
Ratt — Out of the Cellar, Invasion of Your Privacy
AC/DC — For Those About to Rock
Black Sabbath — Mob Rules
Whitesnake — Slide it In (superior to Whitesnake)
Def Leppard — Pyromania, Hysteria
Living Colour — Vivid
Ozzy — Bark at the Moon, No Rest for the Wicked (the intro of Zakk Wylde)
Queensryche — Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime
Sammy Hagar — Standing Hampton
Jeff Healey Band — See the Light
Rush — Moving Pictures
Tesla — Mechanical Resonance
Metallica — And Justice for All
Triumph — Thunder Seven
Van Halen — 5150 (Yes, lots of keyboards, but also fantastic guitar work)
Soundgarden — Louder than Love

Growing up and learning how to play in the 80s, metal, hard rock and blues rock were the genres that really stood out. For me, the albums that should make the list are those that not only contained awesome, unique, and inspirational guitar work but that were popular enough to have broad influence. Many of the albums on the list qualify, but the inclusion of so many obscure albums and albums that did not stand out for their guitar work (e.g., Synchronicity, Purple Rain--some phenomenal guitar work on both but not "guitar albums") made the list feel contrived and inauthentic, like the purpose was to be cool and artsy rather than realistic.

The albums that I listed were some of the ones that I and so many of my peers listened to and aspired to learn to play because they were great GUITAR albums. To have a list of the 50 greatest 80s GUITAR albums without including Warren DiMartini, George Lynch, KK Downing and Glenn Tipton, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, Tony Iommi, Phil Collen and Steve Clark, Vernon Reid, Alex Lifeson, Rik Emmet, Rudy Schenker and Mathias Jabs, etc., is just wrong.

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tomm120

No Michael Schenker.... Hello ..........

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sjw0726

Does anyone remember Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. That man can play the guitar.

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Hoohah

Exactly! "Dragonfly".

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vanhalen101

At least they got 1 right VH 1984

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Buck62

wow i can think of some much better (GUITAR ALBUMS) u2 come on really i don't Believe that U2 have any GREAT GUITAR SONGS ! I could line up the better Guitar Albums and they would stretch
around the world

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Athlon76

No DOKKEN?
Back for The Attack was a GREAT album and it featured Mr. Scary which is an awesome guitar song.
George Lynch, if you're reading this, you deserve better and are just as great if not better than many of the artists listed.

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darryl99

I can't argue with this list. It looks like my record collection from the eighties.

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ardiril

If you can't play at least one Iron Maiden album all the way through, your metal education is lacking. None in the Top 50 80s Guitar albums? Posers.

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riffmaster6

Quite possibly the worst list I have ever seen.I agree with some of the other comments leave Hendrix in the 60's too much U2 and David lindley.John Hiatt,are u kidding-you missed so many better albums it
isn't funny.this list needs a serious redo.

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doubleg23

"Journeyman" by Eric Clapton definitely belongs on this list.

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Atticus Fist

There are some great albums here but some glaring omissions. Rush, Joe Satriani's Flying in a Blue Dream, etc but the most glaring omission is Blues Saraceno's Never Look Back. A phenomenal album in and of itself but considering he was only 16 at the time makes it that more special. The album was put out by Guitar Player but please don't tell me that's why it was omitted. How does REM make it and not this masterpiece? And thanks for including 2 David Lindley albums so I'll have one to shit on and one to cover it with.

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ipsofacto

Yup, in agreement with the other comments.

Missing In Action:

- Any of the 5 Iron Maiden albums of the 80's
- Any of the 6 Judas Priest albums of the 80's
- Any of the 6 Triumph albums of the 80's
- Scorpions - Blackout or Love at First Sting
- Def Leppard - High N' Dry or Pyromania
- Rush - Permanent Waves or Moving Pictures
- Bark at the Moon or Ultimate Sin
- Mob Rules or Heaven and Hell
- Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
- White Lion - Pride
- Ratt - Out of the Cellar
- Perhaps something from Dokken or Lynch Mob?
- Accept - Balls to the Wall
- Quiet Riot - Metal Health
- Flying in a Blue Dream
- Diary of a Madman...maybe you've heard of it?

The Boot:

- All the Hendrix and Clapton Albums (60's and 70's music).
- Although a fan of Vai, the Flexable album is pretty much a joke.
- 2 by David Lindley??
- 3 by SRV is overkill (imo). 2 would have been sufficient.
- 1 by Beck, Holdsworth, Morse, and U2 would also have been sufficient. Especially U2...yeah, we get it, The Edge likes the delay/cheat pedal.

I'd prob drop several other albums from this list as well. Sorry, but it's almost like something Rolling Stone would compile.

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PlankSpank

Man that list must have been the work of deaf people! Where's Triumph, Rush, Maiden, Priest?????????????

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sideshowsmitty

Diary Of A Madman is not in the top 50?

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PaleRider

No Motley Crue, Ratt, or Def Leppard? Unbelievable! This list is pure crap on many levels.

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beedoes

I totally agree with the other comment, how in the world could Iron Maiden not be included?? With due respect, as I like their music quite a bit, but REM mentioned and Maiden not is just ludicrous. We are talking Guitar ...right? I respect other peoples opinions but if we are talking guitar albums...IM have to be near the top.

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moody98

Slaytanic!

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Nostradumbass

Eh, this is the kind of thing we should be used to. Guitar World seems to feel obligated to never include anything as obvious as the Scorpions or Rush, even omitting Megadeth (!!!!!), but they include these hipster-ish artists who aren't nearly as good as these other more obvious bands that keep getting excluded for seemingly no good reason. Oh well.

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moody98

What about Slayer and Megadeth?

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ChrisDude89

What about Rush, Accept, Iron Maiden or The Scorpions? What a shame that no album by either of those bands is on the list.

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MetFan1

G N'R AFD at #32??? Seriously??? That album inspired a generation and more with some of the raunciest and best sounding blues rock guitar riffs since the 80's and still to this very day, is better than most anything in its genre and definately should be in the top 10!!!

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gunsmack

1984 as #1? I guess "Guitar Album" doesn't mean what I thought it did.

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Killian3494

I don't think a live Hendrix album counts.

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Nostradumbass

Agreed. Leave Hendrix for the 60s and 70s, rather than transposing him to an era he wasn't even alive for.

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jamescashin

No, The Smiths????

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