About Kerrang! End Of year Lists 1983
Peaople were screaming sellout while Joe Elliot and his mates in Def Leppard laughed all the way to the bank.
Hysteria had climbed to second place on the Billboard chart (but only to 18th in the U.K.) and money was pouring in for the Sheffield boys in US exile.
But going soft doesn't only equal a lot of cash - and disrespect in orthodox metal circles - you can also top the Kerrang! charts for the year.
Rightly or not, you decide
In fourth place there's a real surprise (like always on Kerrang!'s lists). Molly Hatchet's keyboard-drained southern rock is just too greasy for us. Today this album produces a Nickleback vibe it's hard to shake of.
In fifth, however, Dio, who just formad the year before, comes in with a true metal classic: Holy Diver.
Perhaps it should be #1
The rest of the list is a mix of blues beards from Texas, Kiss without make-up, the Sunset Strip glam and Viking metal. Decent choices.
But Genesis? Police? Judie Tzuke? Mike Oldfield? Yes?
No, not on my watch.
Queensrÿche's Queen Of The Reich as best single of the year, however, is one of the best #1 singles Kerrang! has ever picked.
A true metal anthem.
1982 Best Albums According to Kerrang!
1. Def Leppard - Pyromania (Only live tracks on Spotify)
2. ZZ Top - Eliminator
3. Kiss - Lick It Up
4. Molly Hatchet - No Guts ... No Glory
5. Dio - Holy Diver
6. Aldo Nova - Subject
6. Manowar - Into Glory Ride (Not on Spotify)
8. Eric Martin Band - Sucker For A Pretty Face (Not on Spotify)
9. Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
10. Ratt - Ratt
11. Journey - Frontiers
11. Yes - 90125
13. Robert Plant - The Principle Of Moments
14. 38 Special - Tour De Force (Not on Spotify)
15. Blue Öyster Cult - The Revolution By Night
16. Judie Tzuke - Ritmo (Not on Spotify)
16. Accept - Balls To The Wall (Not on Spotify)
18. Night Ranger - Dawn Patrol
18. Pink Floyd - The Final Cut (Not on Spotify)
18. Jonah Koslen & The Heroes - Aces (Not on Spotify)
1982 Best Singles According to Kerrang!
1. Queensrÿche - Queen Of The Reich
2. Genesis - Mama
3. Kiss - Lick It Up
4. Night Ranger - Don't Tell Me You Love Me
5. Hellion - Hellion (Not on Spotify)
6. Police - Every Breath You Take
7. Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow (Not on Spotify)
8. Moonlight Shadow - Live (Not on Spotify)