Top 10 Hard Rock Albums

Top 10 Hard Rock Albums

10. Kiss – Destroyer (Casablanca Records, 1976)

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Released in March 1976 Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss, the first one to achieve platinum. It was a turning point in the band’s career as it was a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums. It was the one that made Kiss a household name.

9. Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic (Columbia Records, 1975)

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Released in April 1975 Toys In The Attic is the third studio album by American rock band Aerosmith and it is their most commercially successful studio LP in the US. According to RIAA the album sold over eight million copies. Toys In The Attic includes some of the band’s best known songs, the title track, “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion”. Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album’s style a mix of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones riffs, and said it was filled with songs about sex with a different style than there ever was before.

8. Rainbow – Rising (Polydor Records, 1976)

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Released in May 1976 Rising is the second studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, peaking at No. 6 in the UK rock charts. According to All Music Guide the album captured “Blackmore and Dio at the peak of their creative powers”. Rising includes “Stargazer”, one of Rainbow’s best known tracks, an epic song notable for its musical qualities.

7. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction (Geffen Records, 1987)

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Released in July 1987 Appetite For Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. With almost 30 million copies sold worldwide the album was a massive success, becoming the best selling debut album as well as the 11th best selling album in the US. Billboard magazine considered that Appetite For Destruction appealed to rock music’s various listeners because the band incorporated metal’s forceful playing, punk rock’s rebellious themes, glam metal’s aesthetic, and bluesy guitar riffs that appelead to purists. The LP contains some of the band’s best known tracks, “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Rocket Queen”

6. AC/DC – Highway To Hell (Atlantic Records, 1979)

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Released in July 1979 Highway To Hell is AC/DC’s fifth internationally released studio album and the band’s sixth studio album released in Australia. It was the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott, who died on February 19, 1980. Highway To Hell became AC/DC’s first LP to break The US Top 100, and it made the band one of the top acts on the hard rock scene. Highway To Hell is the second best selling AC/DC album, and it is considered one of the greatest hard rock albums ever made. It is certiefied 7 x Platinum by the RIAA. The title track is AC/DC’s best known song, while “Night Prowler” is the album’s most infamous song mainly due to its association with serial killer Richard Ramirez, who apparently was a fan of the band and particularly that song.

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