Hit Parader - Top 100 metal albums of all time (1989 & 2005)

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Hit Parader - Top 100 metal albums of all time (1989 & 2005)

Postby Pierre » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:31 pm

Hit Parader was (closed in 2008) a popular music magazine which, according to Wikipedia, switched to being a heavy metal exclusive mag in the 1980s. In 1989 they published a list of the top 100 metal albums of all time, which I managed to find on an Ebay page which features samples from inside the magazine here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hit-Parader-Mag ... 7675.l2557

I'm always having endless fun looking at those lists dating back from when Def Leppard was considered the biggest thing around, and Ozzy Osbourne's solo output more important than Black Sabbath's. Where it becomes potentially funny is that they re-did a top 100 in 2005. Found it here, there and elsewhere:

http://www.vgf.com/forums/threads/hit-p ... eys.14927/
http://www.pinkfloydonline.com/forums/s ... p?tid=4966

The comparison actually shows somewhat they had trouble shedding away their 80s metal heyday. I guess Lita Ford has this effect on some men. Unless it's Bret Michaels. Anyway, here are the lists:

The 1989 one:

1 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
2 | Def Leppard | Pyromania | 1983
3 | AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
4 | Mötley Crüe | Theatre of Pain | 1985
5 | Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
6 | Judas Priest | Screaming for Vengeance | 1982
7 | KISS | Destroyer | 1976
8 | Metallica | ...And Justice for All | 1988
9 | Deep Purple | Machine Head | 1972
10 | Ozzy Osbourne | Blizzard of Ozz | 1980
11 | Iron Maiden | Powerslave | 1984
12 | Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet | 1986
13 | Aerosmith | Rocks | 1976
14 | Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
15 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
16 | Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
17 | KISS | Alive! | 1975
18 | Judas Priest | British Steel | 1980
19 | AC/DC | Highway to Hell | 1979
20 | Poison | Open Up and Say... Ahh! | 1988
21 | Alice Cooper | Love It to Death | 1971
22 | Megadeth | So Far, So Good... So What! | 1988
23 | Ratt | Out of the Cellar | 1984
24 | Ozzy Osbourne | The Ultimate Sin | 1986
25 | Mötley Crüe | Shout at the Devil | 1983
26 | Whitesnake | Whitesnake/1987 | 1987
27 | Scorpions | Love at First Sting | 1984
28 | Cinderella | Long Cold Winter | 1988
29 | Rainbow | Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow | 1975
30 | Dokken | Back for the Attack | 1987
31 | Quiet Riot | Metal Health | 1983
32 | Def Leppard | Hysteria | 1987
33 | Aerosmith | Permanent Vacation | 1987
34 | Black Sabbath | Heaven and Hell | 1980
35 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced | 1967
36 | Cinderella | Night Songs | 1986
37 | Van Halen | 1984 | 1984
38 | Slayer | South of Heaven | 1988
39 | Iron Maiden | The Number of the Beast | 1982
40 | Europe | The Final Countdown | 1986
41 | Saxon | Wheels of Steel | 1980
42 | Anthrax | State of Euphoria | 1988
43 | Bad Company | Bad Company | 1974
44 | Dio | The Last in Line | 1984
45 | Van Halen | Van Halen II | 1979
46 | KISS | Animalize | 1984
47 | Poison | Look What the Cat Dragged In | 1986
48 | Scorpions | In Trance | 1975
49 | Accept | Restless and Wild | 1982
50 | Deep Purple | Made in Japan | 1972
51 | Lita Ford | Lita | 1988
52 | Mötley Crüe | Girls Girls Girls | 1987
53 | Queensrÿche | Operation: Mindcrime | 1988
54 | Dokken | Tooth and Nail | 1984
55 | Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
56 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
57 | Y&T | Black Tiger | 1982
58 | UFO | Lights Out | 1977
59 | Twisted Sister | Stay Hungry | 1984
60 | Whitesnake | Slide It In | 1984
61 | Rush | 2112 | 1976
62 | Ted Nugent | Ted Nugent | 1975
63 | Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
64 | Stryper | In God We Trust | 1988
65 | Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak | 1976
66 | Bon Jovi | 7800° Fahrenheit | 1985
67 | Angel | Helluva Band | 1976
68 | White Lion | Pride | 1987
69 | Metallica | Ride the Lightning | 1984
70 | Great White | Once Bitten | 1987
71 | Yngwie Malmsteem | Odyssey | 1988
72 | Grand Funk Railroad | Survival | 1971
73 | Uriah Heep | The Magician's Birthday | 1972
74 | Iron Butterfly | In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida | 1968
75 | Krokus | Headhunter | 1983
76 | Aerosmith | Aerosmith | 1973
77 | Montrose | Montrose | 1973
78 | Megadeth | Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? | 1986
79 | Tesla | Mechanical Resonance | 1986
80 | Blue Öyster Cult | Agents of Fortune | 1976
81 | Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
82 | Starz | Violation | 1977
83 | Blue Cheer | Vincebus Eruptum | 1968
84 | Ted Nugent | Cat Scratch Fever | 1977
85 | Mountain | Climbing! | 1970
86 | Motörhead | Ace of Spades | 1980
87 | W.A.S.P. | Inside the Electric Circus | 1986
88 | Manowar | Battle Hymns | 1982
89 | Kingdom Come | Kingdom Come | 1988
90 | L.A. Guns | L.A. Guns | 1988
91 | David Lee Roth | Eat 'Em and Smile | 1986
92 | Stryper | To Hell with the Devil | 1986
93 | Deep Purple | In Rock | 1970
94 | Triumph | Allied Forces | 1981
95 | Savatage | Hall of the Mountain King | 1987
96 | Loudness | Thunder in the East | 1985
97 | The Michael Schenker Group | MSG | 1981
98 | Death Angel | Frolic Through the Park | 1988
99 | Warlock | True as Steel | 1986
100 | Kix | Midnite Dynamite | 1985

The 2005 one. Double entry for G'n'R's Use Your Illusion, as it often happens:

1 | Metallica | Metallica | 1991
2 | Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
3 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
4 | KISS | Alive! | 1975
5 | AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
6 | Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
7 | Aerosmith | Rocks | 1976
8 | Nirvana | Nevermind | 1991
9 | Ozzy Osbourne | Blizzard of Ozz | 1980
10 | Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
11 | Mötley Crüe | Too Fast for Love | 1981
12 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
13 | Judas Priest | Screaming for Vengeance | 1982
14 | Soundgarden | Superunknown | 1994
15 | Deep Purple | Machine Head | 1972
16 | KISS | Destroyer | 1976
17 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
18 | Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
19 | Alice in Chains | Dirt | 1992
20 | Korn | Korn | 1994
21 | Def Leppard | Pyromania | 1983
22 | Black Sabbath | Master of Reality | 1971
23 | Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet | 1986
24 | Iron Maiden | Powerslave | 1984
25 | Pearl Jam | Ten | 1991
26 | Aerosmith | Permanent Vacation | 1987
27 | Guns N' Roses | Use Your Illusion I & II | 1991
28 | Stone Temple Pilots | Core | 1992
29 | Slipknot | Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) | 2004
30 | Metallica | Kill 'Em All | 1983
31 | AC/DC | Highway to Hell | 1979
32 | Ozzy Osbourne | No More Tears | 1991
33 | KISS | Love Gun | 1977
34 | Judas Priest | British Steel | 1980
35 | Def Leppard | Hysteria | 1987
36 | Ted Nugent | Cat Scratch Fever | 1977
37 | Slayer | Reign in Blood | 1986
38 | Queensrÿche | Operation: Mindcrime | 1988
39 | Pearl Jam | Vs. | 1993
40 | Aerosmith | Pump | 1989
41 | The Cult | Electric | 1987
42 | Pantera | Far Beyond Driven | 1994
43 | Van Halen | OU812 | 1988
44 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced | 1967
45 | Sevendust | Sevendust | 1997
46 | Marilyn Manson | Antichrist Superstar | 1996
47 | Motörhead | Ace of Spades | 1980
48 | Soundgarden | Badmotorfinger | 1991
49 | Anthrax | State of Euphoria | 1988
50 | Metallica | Load | 1996
51 | Rush | 2112 | 1976
52 | Alice in Chains | Facelift | 1990
53 | Sepultura | Beneath the Remains | 1989
54 | Deep Purple | In Rock | 1970
55 | A Perfect Circle | Thirteenth Step | 2003
56 | Audioslave | Audioslave | 2002
57 | Bon Jovi | New Jersey | 1988
58 | Iron Maiden | The Number of the Beast | 1982
59 | Slipknot | Slipknot | 1999
60 | Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral | 1994
61 | Shadows Fall | The War Within | 2004
62 | Mudvayne | L.D. 50 | 2000
63 | Megadeth | Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! | 1985
64 | Scorpions | Blackout | 1982
65 | Stone Temple Pilots | Purple | 1994
66 | Pantera | Vulgar Display of Power | 1992
67 | Montrose | Montrose | 1973
68 | Dokken | Tooth and Nail | 1984
69 | Quiet Riot | Metal Health | 1983
70 | Alice Cooper | Love It to Death | 1971
71 | Lamb of God | Ashes of the Wake | 2004
72 | Ratt | Ratt | 1983
73 | Mountain | Mountain | ? [bizarre error; I'd bet on Climbing! (1970)]
74 | Queen | Queen | 1973
75 | System of a Down | Toxicity | 2001
76 | Accept | Balls to the Wall | 1983
77 | Free | Fire and Water | 1970
78 | Tool | Undertow | 1993
79 | Linkin Park | Hybrid Theory | 2000
80 | Rage Against the Empire | Evil Empire | 1996
81 | Dio | The Last in Line | 1984
82 | Monster Magnet | Powertrip | 1998
83 | Lita Ford | Lita | 1988
84 | Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak | 1976
85 | White Zombie | La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One | 1992
86 | Queensrÿche | Empire | 1990
87 | Blue Cheer | Vincebus Eruptum | 1968
88 | The Darkness | Permission to Land | 2003
89 | Grand Funk | We're an American Band | 1973
90 | Meshuggah | Nothing | 2002
91 | UFO | Lights Out | 1977
92 | Type O Negative | October Rust | 1996
93 | Deftones | White Pony | 2000
94 | Marilyn Manson | Smells Like Children | 1995
95 | Whitesnake | Whitesnake/1987 | 1987
96 | Rammstein | Sehnsucht | 1997
97 | Tesla | Psychotic Supper | 1991
98 | Creed | My Own Prison | 1997
99 | Poison | Look What the Cat Dragged In | 1986
100 | Chevelle | Wonder What's Next | 2002

The evolution between both lists is interesting. Where most metal journalists were pretending by 2005 that hair metal never existed and largely replaced it in theirs lists by thrash and death, this publication stuck to it to some extent. That makes for an interesting list, although one probably hated by the younger generation of metalheads.

Edit: Ebay tells me they did another feature in 1994, and one other again in 2008 (this time with 200 albums)... Looks like they couldn't stop pumping these out, actually.

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