YEARS

THE BEST OF 1981

Women and Children First

-1-

Fair Warning

Van Halen

1981 was the first year I really took an interest in music. To be fair, I wasn't listening to Van Halen and Ozzy and Judas Priest yet. But Joan Jett's I Love Rock 'n Roll was the first album I learned all the lyrics to and Foreigner's Juke Box Hero and Journey's Don't Stop Believin' were also in heavy rotation. I wasn't really aware of musical genres yet, but I was beginning to figure out what I liked. I liked Joan's attitude and her crunchy guitars (and her cover of Crimson and Clover!) and I loved Steve Perry's harmonies on Stone in Love or the soaring vocals of Lou Gramm, were awakening something in me, so those albums still hold a special place in my heart. But even though those records were starting me down a path, there weren't a lot of other albums in 1981 that stuck with me. It was still a struggle to fill a top 10 list. Eventually though, I would backtrack and find songs like Crazy Train, Unchained, Desert Plains, and Fire Down Under and things would change...

Back in Black

-2-

Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne

Heaven and Hell

-3-

Point of Entry

Judas Priest

British Steel

-4-

4

Foreigner

Animal Magnetism

-5-

Escape

Journey

Departure

-6-

I Love Rock 'n Roll

Joan Jett

Crimes of Passion

-7-

High 'n Dry

Def Leppard

On Through the Night

-8-

Fire Down Under

Riot

Ready 'n Willing

-9-

Kix

Kix

Iron Maiden

-10-

For Those About to Rock

AC/DC

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