Part 1: 1980-84 (Don't expect anything beyond 1984 for a long time. It took most of the year to get this far.) I didn’t create this list just for the sake of ranking a bunch of albums, which is probably nearly impossible anyway. I’ve seen many lists of Metal albums over the years and they mostly list the same bands and albums without much variety. I’ve never believed the premise that large corporations (major record labels and commercial radio stations) were going to provide me with the best music when their objective is to make money. Ever since I've been into music, I’ve been searching beyond the popular choices to discover some hidden gems that might be out there. You’ll find many lesser known bands and albums along side the classics that most know. Many of these were not known to me before this project. I did not rate anything by popularity or how many times I’ve heard it before. There is no way to rank these in exact order and the order changes, but the albums near the top of the list were ones that I liked better than those near the bottom (I've decided to start at the bottom and work my way forward). Many albums are very similar and could be ranked in place of another and many albums are so different they can’t be compared to each other as far as rankings go. I had to cut many really good albums too. The format may change slightly from year to year due to how I gathered information. The number of albums per year will change due to the shear volume that is out there in later years. I'm not necessarily good at describing the music so I'll let the music speak for itself. I may provide some details if I feel the need. I did not include any live albums, EPs (LPs are at least 6 songs and 25 minutes long with exceptions) or Demos (unless officially released as an album later).