Circus: The Top 100 Hard Rock Albums of All Time (1988)

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Circus: The Top 100 Hard Rock Albums of All Time (1988)

Post by Pierre » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:32 pm

I'm having too much fun looking for those vintage lists, I have to stop. Hopefully the last one, from Circus, a music magazine which ceased publication in 2006, and which like Hit Parader started as a pop music outlet before switching to heavy metal & hard rock exclusively in the mid-80s. This list dates back from 1988, when they had already switched, but their definition of hard rock was apparently not well locked at the time (Big Brother & the Holding Company? David Bowie? Lou Reed? The Rolling Stones?). In alphabetical order with a three albums max per artist rule.

http://www.crf2.com/archive/index.php?t-37006.html

AC/DC | Highway to Hell | 1979
AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
Aerosmith | Get Your Wings | 1974
Aerosmith | Toys in the Attic | 1975
Aerosmith | Permanent Vacation | 1987
Bad Company | Bad Company | 1974
Jeff Beck | Truth | 1968
Pat Benatar | Crimes of Passion | 1980
Black Flag | Damaged | 1981
Black Sabbath | Black Sabbath | 1970
Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
Black Sabbath | Master of Reality | 1971
Blue Cheer | Louder Than God | 1986 [compilation]
Blue Öyster Cult | Tyranny and Mutation | 1973
Blue Öyster Cult | Secret Treaties | 1974
Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet | 1986
David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars | 1972
Cheap Trick | Live at Budokan | 1978
Cinderella | Night Songs | 1986
Alice Cooper | Killer | 1971
Alice Cooper | Billion Dollar Babies | 1973
Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
Deep Purple | Machine Head | 1972
Deep Purple | Burn | 1974
Def Leppard | Pyromania | 1983
Diamond Head | Behold the Beginning | 1987 [compilation]
Dictators | Bloodbrothers | 1978
Dokken | Tooth and Nail | 1984
EZO | EZO | 1987
Foghat | Energize | 1973
Lita Ford | Dancin' on the Edge | 1984
Foreigner | Foreigner | 1977
Free | Fire and Water | 1970
Girlschool | Hit and Run | 1981
Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
Heart | Greatest Hits/Live | 1980 [borderline case]
Helloween | Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I | 1987
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced | 1967
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Axis: Bold as Love | 1967
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland | 1968
Humble Pie | Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore | 1971
Iggy and the Stooges | Raw Power | 1973
Iron Maiden | The Number of the Beast | 1982
Iron Maiden | Piece of Mind | 1983
Joan Jett | Joan Jett/Bad Reputation | 1980
Big Brother & the Holding Company | Cheap Thrills | 1968
Judas Priest | British Steel | 1980
Judas Priest | Screaming for Vengeance | 1982
KISS | KISS | 1974
KISS | Alive! | 1975
KISS | Destroyer | 1976
Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
MC5 | Kick Out the Jams | 1969
Megadeth | So Far, So Good... So What! | 1988
Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
Montrose | Montrose | 1973
Mötley Crüe | Too Fast for Love | 1981
Mötley Crüe | Shout at the Devil | 1983
Motörhead | No Remorse | 1984 [compilation]
Mott the Hoople | All the Young Dudes | 1972
Mountain | Climbing! | 1970
New York Dolls | New York Dolls | 1973
Ted Nugent | Ted Nugent | 1975
Ozzy Osbourne | Blizzard of Ozz | 1980
Ozzy Osbourne | The Ultimate Sin | 1986
Queen | Sheer Heart Attack | 1974
Queensrÿche | The Warning | 1985
Quiet Riot | Metal Health | 1983
Lou Reed | Rock 'n' Roll Animal | 1974
The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers | 1971
The Rolling Stones | Some Girls | 1978
Rainbow | Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow | 1975
Ramones | Rocket to Russia | 1977
Ratt | Out of the Cellar | 1984
The Runaways | Live in Japan | 1978
Rush | 2112 | 1976
Scorpions | Love at First Sting | 1984
Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols | 1977
Slade | Sladest | 1973 [compilation]
Slayer | Reign in Blood | 1986
Billy Squier | Don't Say No | 1981
Steppenwolf | Live | 1970
Stryper | To Hell with the Devil | 1986
Sweet | Desolation Boulevard | 1975
Ten Years After | Cricklewood Green | 1970
Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak | 1976
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers | L.A.M.F. | 1977
T. Rex | Electric Warrior | 1971
Twisted Sister | Stay Hungry | 1984
UFO | Phenomenon | 1974
Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
Van Halen | Women and Children First | 1980
Van Halen | 1984 | 1984
The Who | Live at Leeds | 1970
Johnny Winter | Live Johnny Winter And | 1971
Whitesnake | Whitesnake/1987 | 1987
The Yardbirds | The Yardbirds Greatest Hits | 1967 [compilation, to be double-checked but perhaps eligible]
ZZ Top | Tres Hombres | 1973

OK, I've pushed heavy metal and hard rock to an obnoxious level without even being a metalhead myself. Time to retire and wait for the album update in two years to admire my sabotaging work :P

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Re: Circus: The Top 100 Hard Rock Albums of All Time (1988)

Post by StevieFan13 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:47 pm

I'm more fascinated that Foreigner is hard rock.
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Re: Circus: The Top 100 Hard Rock Albums of All Time (1988)

Post by Pierre » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:50 am

StevieFan13 wrote:I'm more fascinated that Foreigner is hard rock.
I have no idea when AOR was associated with heavy metal culture. It's been that way ever since the 80's apparently and it's still that way today as the AOR list I posted was published by a predominantly metal editor. That's something I've been wondering about for a while now.

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