Best songs of 1980 (part 2) (heavy metal)

80s Thursday continues! 1980 was a crazy good year for heavy metal, many classic metal albums and songs were released. This post is not exhaustive, as it's impossible to include everything from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Hopefully I've found the best stuff. AC/DC is for another day, when I do rock. Enjoy the music!

Album: British Steel by Judas Priest 
Listen to:
Breaking the Law (my favorite song by the band, very catchy)
Metal Gods
United (a stadium anthem, I can imagne the crowd singing along to the chorus)
Living After Midnight

Album: Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden 
Listen to: 
Strange World
Phantom Of The Opera 

Album: Ace of Spades by Motörhead
Listen to:
Ace of Spades

Album: Blizzard of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne 
Listen to:
Crazy Train
I Don't Know
Mr. Crowley (the intro and guitar solo are top notch)

Album: Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath 
Listen to:
Neon Knights
Die Young

Album: Animal Magnetism by Scorpions
Listen to:
Make It Real
The Zoo

Album: Wheels of Steel by Saxon 
Listen to: 
Wheels Of Steel
Suzie Hold On

Album: Scream Dream by Ted Nugent
Nugent's highest charting studio album in the US. I'm unsure if this is metal per se, but I think the sound fits with that tag.
Listen to: 
Wango Tango
Scream Dream

Album: Lightning to the Nations by Diamond Head
Listen to:
Am I Evil
The Prince

Album: On Through The Night by Def Leppard
Listen to:

Album: Women and Children First by Van Halen
Listen to: 
And the Cradle Will Rock
Everybody Wants Some!!

Album: Metal for Muthas (compilation of NWOBHM tracks)
Listen to:
Sanctuary by Iron Maiden (non-album single)
Captured City by Praying Mantis

Album: Angel Witch by Angel Witch
Listen to:
White Witch

Best songs of 1980 (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) (part 6) (part 7) (part 8) (part 9) (part 10)
(part 11) (part 12) (part 13)

What do you think about this music, any favorites? Did I miss any heavy metal songs from 1980 that you think deserve praise?


  1. OH!!!!! You got the creme de la creme of metal. British Steel, Iron Maiden's first album (still one of my favorites), Ace of Spades (R.I.P. Phil "Animal" Taylor), Women and Children First, Heaven and Hell, and Blizzard of Ozz. Those are some of the best fucking albums.... ever......

    1. @thevoid99: I tried to include the important metal albums from 1980, although there are also lots of second tier bands of merit as well. What a fantastic era for heavy metal!

  2. Back in my military days, I had a roommate who was a hardcore metalhead. He had most of these albums. I for sure remember listening to Iron Maiden on more than one occasion. Good stuff. To be honest, though, I'm more familiar with mid to late 80s metal which he had lots of (it was barely 1990, after all).

    1. @Wendell: I’m not a metalhead, in fact I only got into it the last two years. The speed at which these metal bands play still astounds me. There’s a lot of metal to explore from the 80s.

  3. Think my Monday afternoon lull in work will be powered by some 80s metal - it's been a very long time since I listened to some Van Halen or Black Sabbath!

    1. @Jaina: Power away :) If you like 80s metal, this post should give entertainment. Not my favorite Van Halen album, however "And the Cradle Will Rock" and "Everybody Wants Some!!" are excellent tracks

  4. I'm not really a fan of heavy metal, but I do like "Crazy Train". :)

    1. @Josh: The intro to Crazy Train is fun, ” All Aboard!, hahaha” :)


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