Readers Poll: Top 10 Guitar Albums of 1983
If you were alive and rockin' in 1983, that meant one thing: You were staring down the horizon of a rock 'n' roll sub-genre that would dominate the airwaves for the next eight years: glam metal.
Quiet Riot's Metal Health, the first heavy metal album to reach No. 1 on the US album charts, would begin the trend. The rise of bands like Motley Crue, Def Leppard and a sleeker, makeup-free Kiss added to the growing prominence of what is now colloquially referred to as "hair metal."
Whether you liked Spandex or not, one thing was certain: The rise of mainstream guitar music was under way.
With an abundance of guitar albums - and hairstyles - to choose from, here are your picks for the 10 best guitar albums of 1983.
9) Bent Out of Shape - Rainbow
8) Show No Mercy - Slayer
7) Pyromania - Def Leppard
6) Eliminator - ZZ Top
5) Holy Diver - Dio
4) Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
3) Kill 'Em All - Metallica
2) Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
1) Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
10) Lick It Up - Kiss