About Kerrang! End Of year Lists 1982
In 1982, Kerrang! Obviously didn’t know where they were heading.
Metal had become chart-topping music and Maiden’s No. 1 in the U.K. with The Number of the Beast was proof that harder music appealed to the masses – stuff that wasn’t built around the bluesy hard rock riffs from the ‘70s.
But Kerrang! thought a little differently and you could really argue there are too many not-too-heavy metal albums here.
Ok, Scorpions hadn’t started whistling in Gorky Park yet, but still, shouldn’t Maiden be up there?
And Tom Petty? What were you thinking Kerrang!? And did really Journey make the best single?
Run to the hills and die!
So what are we missing here?
Well, Whichfinder General’s Death Penalty is a vastly underrated album, and in hindsight, Venom’s Black Metal should be there. They planted a seed for a new style of music.
And for us who fancy German speed, Accept’s Restless and Wild.
The intro, first verse and first chorus define metal in 1982.
Anyway, here’s the list.
1982 Best Albums According to Kerrang!
1.Scorpions - Blackout
2.Van Halen - Diver Down
3.Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven
4.Rush - Signals
5.Kiss - Creatures Of The Night
6.Tom Petty - Long After Dark
7.Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
8.Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
9.Rainbow - Straight Between The Eyes
10.Rose Tattoo - Scarred For Life
10.Gillan - Magic
1982 Best Singles According to Kerrang!
1. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
2. Rainbow - Stone Cold
3. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
4. Marillion - Market Square Heroes
5. Diamond Head - Call Me