But bear in mind that this bone-shattering record preceded releases from the likes of Mercyful Fate by a year, Metallica by two years and Slayer by three years. Simply put, this album's effortless eclecticism coupled with the sheer craftsmanship of Difford's lyrics and Tilbrook's melodies compare favorably to much John Lennon/Paul McCartney output, if not in volume then certainly in quality. Top 40’s acceptance… no, make that embrace of the midwestern band. So what changed? (One such track, “Never Stop,” ultimately became “Start Me Up,” which has since become one of the Stones’ numerous signature songs.) Styx’s Paradise Theatre, for instance, never reached #1 on the Record World chart, yet its solid sales each week – often at #2 – made it the year’s overall second-biggest title.). © 2017-2018 Copyright Best Classic Bands. Featuring albums from Grace Jones, Kraftwerk and The Human League Nine years after the prog rock band had scored a #1 album in the U.S. with the superb Seventh Sojourn, the returned to the top, thanks to a pair of Top 15 singles, “Gemini Dream” and “The Voice.” The May 15 release turned the trick for two non-consecutive weeks, beginning July 25. It’s sold more than nine million copies in the U.S. alone, first reaching #1 on Sept. 5. Following Lennon’s Dec. 8 murder, the single reached #1 in the final week of 1980. But it’s the raw-as-hell original that really captures the band in all their smudged-up, scumbag glory. Then, when the power ballad, “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” was all over Top 40 that fall, the album returned to #1 on Nov. 7, where it stayed for the remainder of the year. Sabbath were on a roll at the start of the 80s. Discover NME's best albums and tracks of 1981. Giving You The Best That I Got (1988) – Anita Baker 143. 139. Songs From The Big Chair (1985) – Tears For Fears 146. Double Fantasy (1980) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono 142. It took 14 weeks, but “Keep on Loving You” finally reached #1 on Mar. Full Moon Fever (1989) – Tom Petty 144. All rights reserved. By the time 1981 came around, Saxon had identified their target market down to a tee: hence this album’s title. The album that invented both thrash metal and black metal. Some bands labor for years in obscurity waiting for their break, while others, when they are lucky enough to find success, do so without ever reaching greatness. Crimes producer Keith Olsen was joined at the controls this time by Benatar’s lead guitarist, Neil Giraldo. John Lennon/Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy (2). Climbing slowly up the charts was the debut solo album from Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz. However, this is not really a negative criticism but rather a statement of the precision and craftsmanship at work here. With the ground-breaking techno-boogie of the Eliminator album still two years in the future, El Loco was the last ‘traditional’ ZZ Top record and it should be cherished as such. In 2003, the album was ranked number 334 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It’s particularly noteworthy because the album was comprised mostly of songs from previous recording sessions. The song touched the hearts of the greasy headbanging fraternity in a way that no one would’ve thought possible. Classic 80s Albums- The Whole Story (1986). With Fleetwood Mac, Nicks was always careful to enlist others (bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, particularly) to help her songs be the best they could be, and such is the case here as well, as collaborations with Tom Petty ("Stop Draggin' My Heart Around") and Don Henley ("Leather & Lace") confirm. High ‘N’ Dry marked the beginning of Def Leppard’s association with producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. Your e-mail address will not be published. The top selling albums, as reported by industry trade magazine Record World, included releases from plenty of classic rock titans. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
It didn't hurt that Randy Rhoads' innovative, semi-classical electric guitar work injected its marvel into tracks like "Crazy Train" and "Suicide Solution.". Simon and Garfunkel performed before an estimated 500,000 people on Sept. 19 in New York’s Central Park. The highlight is her duet with Tom Petty, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, while Leather & Lace still fuels adolescent fantasies. While at her wispy and waif-like peak, Stevie Nicks took time out from fronting Fleetwood Mac to make this solo record. Before we get to the list, here are some of the noteworthy releases that earned big sales but were blocked from the top spot: The Who’s Face Dances, Rush’s Moving Pictures, Stevie Nick’s Bella Donna, and Genesis’ Abacab. 1970: So Simon And Garfunkel‘s final studio album found success in the UK, lingering on the charts long enough to be the top-selling album in the country in both 1970 and 1971.

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