URBAN: So, ze Berlin wall came tumblin' down - Germany is no longer devided in two and DDR immeditely cease to exist! Oh-no, no more female athletics with huge mustaches, beards, and plenty more strange features. And you had to whistle, yeah, apparently you just HAD to whistle in 1990 as Germany's number one hard rock band (Scorpions) came up with 'The Wind Of Change'. 

Hey, I guess you'll have to excuse the Germans for feeling slightly bonkers and off the wall (it's not healthy living behind a wall for that long, you know), since they also decided that David Hasselhoff was a great singer and entertainer this year??? They must have been really hi-hi-high on emotion (KITT - the talkin' car, honks and agrees).

I never ever thought I'd enjoy a Bruce Dickinson solo album more than the mighty Maiden. Unfortunately Iron Maiden (one of my all-time fave bands) lost their plot as the eighties became the nineties. When you think about, the best song off "No Prayer For The Dying", I'm obviously talkin' about 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter' (tacky lyrics, nah?), originally a Bruce Dickinson solo single release too and featured in a rather dodgy horror movie soundtrack in late 89. Oh will we ever get to listen to a proper Iron Maiden record again? You know, like in the eighties? Probably not...

"one of the biggest mistakes in hard rock and heavy metal took place this year".

One of the biggest mistakes in hard rock and heavy metal took place this year when Ritchie Blackmore decided to replace Ian Gillan with ex-Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and at the same time NOT replacing the Deep Purple monicker for Rainbow!!??

"if it smells like Rainbow, looks and sounds like Rainbow - well, then it's probably ehh... Deep Purple?"

Seriously, 'Slaves And Masters' - if it smells like Rainbow, looks and sounds like Rainbow - well, then it's probably ehh... Deep Purple? Huh? Not a shabby album whatsoever and it even featured a couple of minor hits (King of Dreams, Love Conquers All). But seriously... it's fookin' Rainbow - end of discusion - send in the clowns.

Queensryche pretty much ruled the metal scene in 1990 with their "Empire" of an album. An utterly commercial album with plenty of hit singles and glossy production. Quite a bunch of old fans said it was a complete 'sell-out' though and pretty much the same story would later occur regarding 'The Black Album' (Metallica) the following year. 

I discovered 'Thrash' and 'Speed' Metal this year as I was finally sort of "old enough" to appreciate the likes of Anthrax, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Meliah Rage, Annihilator. Slayer? Nope, it took me yet another year or two to have the guts to listen to their excellent live album 'Decade Of Aggression'. Their 1990 release, obviously now in my personal Top-10, since you can't ignore the 'sweet' and 'fluffy' melodies of 'Seasons In The Abyss'. Well, at least they didn't scare the crap outta me anymore.

Hello lads, it's me, Gary Moore, I've decided to ditch hard rock and become a tiresome 'blues-clone' on my 'Still Got The Blues' album of the year. Oh feck-off!!! You can barely sing in tune in the first place and you certainly can't sing the blues. Kindly recall that Gary wrote the "great" song "Led Clones" in disgust of Lenny Wolf and Kingdom Come?

"I'am merely requoting and repeating the past - much like any issue of classic rock magazine"? 

Yeah, well, someone should have told him that his album was a third rate 'blues-clone' offering, since merely upper middle-class, never heard a proper roadhouse blues album before, folks, decided to buy his poor 90's effort. The boy sure can't sing the blues and Ozzy thinks he's got a face less attractive than a welder's bench... but let's not get personal (well, it's the words of Ozzy for feck's sake! I'am merely requoting and repeating the past - much like any issue of classic rock magazine -heh!). Gee.. I'm a fun bastard... 

The Timotei Twins aka Nelson (the twin sons of 60's rock star Ricky Nelson) recorded their utterly fluffy debut album and 'After The Rain' literally exploded onto the market. Seriously, one of the biggest one-hit wonders of hard rock came from out of nowhere and disappeard just as quickly. They had all the girls in tears this year while us boys hated their image and looks. It's a smashing little album though and we love it to bits. Very catchy, very good, and even James Hetfield liked the platinum blonde girls... until he realised they were named Matthew and Gunnar.

Beavis & Butthead's favourite band, Winger, recorded 'In The Heart Of The Young' and the song "Miles Away" became every soldiers' wife fave tune during the Iraq Gulf War. Other news: A judge in crazy ol' states rules that Judas Priest is not responsible for the suicide and attempted suicide of two youths who shot themselves after listening to Priest music. The Milli Vanilli story is out in the open, they've been merely lip-synching and have to return their Grammy. C'mon... all todays artists are lip-synching! 

Nelson Mandela is finally free after 27 years behind bars and the song 'Free Nelson Mandela' is no longer relative. Madonna's "Justify My Love" music video is banned by MTV, Swedish Goddess Greta Garbo dies, and Margaret 'Iron Lady' Thatcher is no longer top-dog of the U.K. I was playing amiga games such as Wing Commander and Railroad Tycoon and went to the movies for films such as Home Alone, Total Recall, Back To The Future III, and Kindergarten Cop (don't be such a party pooper!)

"most juvenile, cheesiest, and worst lyric in metal history".

My fave hard rock album of 1990, 'Love/Hate - Black Out In The Red Room', perhaps a strange choice, yeah? since it feature some of most juvenile, cheesiest, and worst lyric in metal history. Seriously, it's hardly rocket science as the following words belong to the daft ones (from the song Rock Queen) and I quote: "Met a little girl just thirteen - she's a knock-down, blue-eyed slut, psycho virgin tease. Rock queen, thirteen, boxom blonde, bad dream- Let me touch your cookies, let me eat your cookies now", end quote. 

Ehh... remind me again, why do you/I enjoy this CD? Sure, it's merely one song (Rock Queen) and it sounded decent enough when you were a kid yourself... but hey, we never expected anything particular bad from that old geezer Gary Glitter for that matter. It's always sickening now to hear his voice: "c'mon-c'mon, c'mon-c'mon". 

Then again, cookies could actually be "cookies" and Glitter could be innocent as a little child - HELL NO!!! That sick bastard. What if I skip the 'Rock Queen' song and just enjoy the rest? It's such a friggin' good sleaze rock album. It's a love/hate affair...

BANDI: When looking back at this year I had to note that this list of mine must have looked completely different back then. Not only because I didn't have many of the albums listed here back in the year of their release but because one's taste changes over the years. Plus bands release multiple efforts over the years and one can't help comparing those to each other. Most of the bands making it to my top 20 or 30 were at their first or second releases in 1990, and weird it may sound but in their prime (if we take a look at their entire career), hence their position is much better than some of the by-then-classic bands. I guess I just want to say that my list is a strange blend of what I felt back then (novelt y and excitement) and what I feel now (nostalgia and objectivity).

Queensryche 'Empire'- There's not much to explain here. I'm sure this album will reach top 10 in most of the lists. While Operation was the Old Testament, this was the New Testament. A masterpiece. Warrant 'Cherry Pie' - There's so much sunshine and energy squeezed into this one album that it swept me away back then and it still does 20 years after its release.

"over the years it became trendy to hate these guys".

Yngwie Malmsteen 'Eclipse' - I'm a sucker for Goran Edman's voice and though many people hate this one, I consider it the most digestible (hence the best) effort from Yngwie. Extreme 'Pornograffitti' Overplaying "More than words" taught many people to hate this album (not me though), yet it's a fantastic, innovative album. Nuno was an absolute shocker. Nelson 'After The Rain' Over the years it became trendy to hate these guys too but the melodies, the songwriting and the production got a hold on me back then and they still do. They had all the ingredients: the songs, the sound, the looks, and of course the major media back-up. It worked.

Firehouse - "Now listen to me, baby" this album rocks where it must rock and jerks you girlfriend's tears the next moment. Godawfully plain lyrics, yet they worked wonders and i can't even count how many girlfriends of mine opened their ears to rock music after being introduced to it slow and easy by Firehouse ballads in the early 1990s. Alias - The voice, the songs, the production, the looks. Yes, they could have been anyone. Professional money making machinery of major record labels. But it was done damned well and I was glad to be blinded by the light. Still I am.

"I was so much in love with this band that I cracked my vocal-cords". 

Jon Bon Jovi 'Blaze of Glory' Studio wizzardry or not, Mr Bongiovi's voice is at its best here. There may be a latent-redneck somewhere deep inside of me cuz I just dig these syrupy country songs. Cinderella 'Heartbreak Station' I was so much in love with this band that I cracked my vocal-cords at Tom Keifer tunes though it was obvious I would never be able to produce the sounds he did. Though we mostly played songs from previous albums like "Save me" or "Gypsy Road" that needed less logistics on stage, I loved this album. Still do. 

Heart 'Brigade' I guess it is not much of a confession that in my early teens I was desperate ly in love with Nancy Wilson. Who wasn't? A brilliant mature redhead with a brilliantly mature album. She left me "Stranded".

KIMMO: However you look at it, when we're talking about music the nineties as we know it didn't really start until 1991 or 1992. The first years of the decade were a "transition period", with the trends and the fashions of the previous decade still going on strong. In 1990, the "hair bands" were still being signed to major labels, only their hair styles had smoothly shifted from the full-on poodle cuts to longer, less backcombed ones. The glittery clothes had been replaced by ripped jeans, leather and other more "streed-cred" clothing items (except for Nelson!). The success of Guns'n Roses was a big reason for that, but strangely enough, it only affected the image, not the music so much. Well, there was Stryper who ditched their glam-rockin' bee outfits but also re-invented themselves as a rougher-edged band...

The Power Ballad was the key to commercial success, as most hard rock bands noticed. Just take a look at our Top Ten - apart from Petra and Malmsteen who didn't have much mainstream success, all of those bands had major ballad hits. Lighters in the air baby... not to mention the numerous other rock ballads that were on the charts.

The "song doctors" were helping out several artists to score hits or at least some memorable songs. I can't deny the influence of one Jack Ponti on my personal favourite album of the year, Baton Rouge's "Shake Your Soul". It didn't sell a lot, but for me it was full of hits. Other bands who got a little bit of help from their songwriter friends include Alias, Heart, Y&T, Ratt, Magnum... 

[ 1990 ] Back to the nineties' index

Alan, Bandi, Kimmo, Martien, & yours truly, Urban of RockUnited.Com have once again been spending weeks, months, wading through a bunch of nasty looking artcovers and albums. Only this time it's the nineties and not like our first massive series of the eighties!  Indeed, not an easy task, tracking back in space and time, especially since most of us are still mere kidz (early teens) at the early days of this era of grand and fantastic music. Check out the left-side border for our yearly write-up in 'black', and this is RockUnited's official 'Best-Of-Album Chart of 1990', calculated from the individual charts. No live-ones, EP's or compilations are included, merely studio albums. You can find them all and complain about our personal taste (or rather the complete lack of it) further down this page! This is merely our humble and tiny celebration of the 90's metal days or daze for that matter. Enjoy or not - this is the nineties: 1990.


100.Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual
99. Death - Spiritual Healing
98. Testament - Souls Of Black
97. King Diamond - The Eye
96. Cheap Trick - Busted
95. Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
94. Harlow - Harlow
93. Sacred Warrior - Wicked Generation
92. Ken Tamplin - An Axe To Grind
91. Bathory - Hammerheart

90. Lita Ford - Stiletto
89. Jamie LaRitz - S/T
88. Death Angel - Act III
87. Mother Love Bone - Apple
86. Tim Feehan - Full Contact
85. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
84. Trixter - Trixter
83. Company Of Wolves - Company Of Wolves
82. Dave Sharman - 1990
81. Magnum - Goodnight L.A.

80. Meliah Rage - Solitary Solitude
79. Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying
78. Alien - Shiftin' Gear
77. Danzig - II Lucifuge
76. Johnny Van Zant - The Brickyard Road
75. Styx - Edge Of The Century
74. Anthrax - Persistence Of Time
73. Beggars and Thieves - Beggars and Thieves
72. Sacred Reich - The American Way
71. Sons of Angels - Sons of Angels

70. Reo Speedwagon - The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog ...
69. Idle Cure - 2nd Avenue
68. Deep Purple - Slaves And Masters
67. Quireboys - A Bit of What You Fancy
66. Heaven's Edge - Heaven's Edge
65. U.D.O. - Faceless World
64. Scorpions - Crazy World
63. Jim Jidhed - Jim
62. Glass Tiger - Simple Mission
61. Skagarack - A Slice Of Heaven

60. Fate - Scratch'n Sniff
59. Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
58. Electric Boys - Funk O Metal Carpet Ride
57. Ratt - Detonator
56. Erika - Cold Winter Night
55. Jimmy Barnes - Two Fires
54. Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues
53. Gowan - Lost Brotherhood
52. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
51. Pretty Maids - Jump The Gun

50. Zinatra - The Great Escape
49. Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
48. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
47. Laos - We Want It
46. Stryper - Against The Law
45. Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire
44. Andy Taylor - Dangerous
43. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
42. Love/Hate - Blackout In The Red Room
41. Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes

40. Poison - Flesh & Blood
39. Paul Laine - Stick it In Your Ear
38. Steelheart - Steelheart
37. Black Sabbath - Tyr
36. Bad Company - Holy Water
35. Tigertailz - Bezerk
34. Alice In Chains - Facelift
33. Annihilator - Never,neverland
32. Blue Tears - Blue Tears
31. Talisman - Talisman

30. Cinderella - Heartbreak Station
29. ZZ Top - Recycler
28. House Of Lords - Sahara
27. MacAlpine - Eyes Of The World
26. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
25. Valentine - Valentine
24. Judas Priest - Painkiller
23. Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
22. Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
21. Eyes - Eyes

20. Slaughter - Stick It To Ya'
The new project by the two former Vinnie Vincent (ex-Kiss) band members Dana Strum (bass) and Mark Slaughter (vocals). Their platinum selling debut had all the teenz screamin' "Up All Night Sleep All Day", since... well, that's what teenz scream anyhow. Remove all the 'over the top' guitar work from Vinnie V and you'll end up with 'Stick It To Ya'...

19. Fish - Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
The first solo album that Fish released after he departed Marillion in 88. Although the recordings for this album finished in 89, EMI decided to delay the release until early 90 (to avoid collision with Marillion). It's his most commercially successful album (peaked at#5 in the UK), certainly best, and the most 'Marillion' sounding of them all. Excellent Prog.

18. AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
"Thunder -na,na,na,na,na,na,na-na". You've been thunderstruck! The real 'comeback' album of the band and also the answer to why there's still so popular as of today. The Razor's Edge peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts and stayed there for 77 consecutive weeks. It's the overall third best selling album in their catalogue and a real party starter!

17. Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
The smashing comeback album of Rod Stewart and The Faces? Nope, it's the debut album by the Crowes. Strongely influenced by Faces, Stones, Pie, Otis (Hard To Handle is a Redding cover), the Robinson bros. managed to climb #4 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, and two singles reached #1 on the Mainstream chart. More retro rock to come.

16. Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow
'Gamma Ray, Gamma Ray, Gamma-Gamma-Gamma Ray'. Guitarist and main songwriter Kai Hansen (also vocalist at first) decided to leave Helloween in 1988 and came up with this as his first new effort. Vocalist Ralf Scheepers from Tyran Pace sings in a similar high-pitch tradition as Michael Kiske and the songs remain the same (only not quite as impressive).

15. King's X - Faith, Hope, Love
'I've got six broken soldiers in the trunk of my car. Two of them speak four go to bars'. Marvelous effort by this Prog-ish U.S. power trio whose albums are always criminally underrated by average joe/jane. Pinnick's soulful wailing vocals and thoughtworthy lyrics should clearly be enuff to please any Rush/Rock fan. 'I'll never get tired of you' - no way.

14. Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation
Formed in 1989 from the remains of guitarist George Lynch's former band, Dokken. The band original line-up also featured drummer, Mick Brown (Dokken). What to expect on their debut album? Well, it's basically a watered down version of above mentioned act and featuring the at the time not so healthy vocalist, Oni Logan (he was fired shortly after the tour of 90).

13. Y&T - Ten
Still alive in 1990? Barely, as this is clearly not quite a "Ten" effort in my books. Y&T and Dave Meniketti pretty much gave up their original sound on this record as they now sounded like any dodgy hair metal act really. There's a couple of real gems though and especially the two mid-tempo tracks 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' and 'Come In From The Rain'. Neat.

12. Vixen - Rev It Up
Believe it or not, all-female band Vixen entered the U.K. chart at #20 with 'Rev It Up', while they barely managed to climb to #52 in the U.S. Why is that? Well, have you seen Girlschool? I rest my case and keyboard. Smashing AOR with plenty of hooks (this time mostly written by the band) and feel good moments. "How Much Love", "Not a Minute Too Soon", etc.

11. Heart - Brigade
Ann Wilson, one of the best vocalists out there really and her sis' (Nancy) is quite the six-string bender. The last of the really commercial and successful albums since their 'comeback' in 85. Formed in the early 70's, 'Brigade' was their 10th studio album and peaked at #3 in the UK and US chart. 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You' - a #2 single hit.

10. Warrant - Cherry Pie
So what if their real guitarists didn't play a note on this record? It's not like we're talkin' Milli Vanilli here... or? Contains the cracking "Ode to Tipper Gore", which consisted of a collection of swear words and thus ending up with a parental advisory sticker (which Tipper was responsible for). #7 in the US chart and "Cherry Pie" became the dish of the day...

9. Winger - In The Heart Of The Young
The album which turned Kip Winger into Beavis & Butthead's favourite band. Certified platinum in the states and produced such hits as "Can't Get Enuff", "Easy Come Easy Go" and the Iraq Gulf War favourite "Miles Away", the latter made the Top 20 at Billboard's single chart. The album itself peaked at #15 at the album chart. The 4th Bee Gee's member?

8. Firehouse - Firehouse
One of the last 'new' U.S. Melodic Rock acts of the classic hair metal era to became really successful in America. Their debut album sold over two million copies in the United States, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. The single, 'Love of a Lifetime', reached #5 in the chart. They won the US Music Award for Best New Hardrock/Metal Band of 91. Top notch!

7. Alias - Alias
AOR supergroup 'ala Canada, formed in 88 by vocalist Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi (both ex-Sheriff :'When I'm With You' #1 hit in 89), along with Heart founding members Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, and Mike DeRosier. Super glossy rock with plenty of A+ moments. "More Than Words Can Say", a #2 hit and the song achieved more than 1 million air plays. Wow!

6. Nelson - After The Rain
'The Timotei Twins' had all the girls in tears this year while us boys hated their image and looks. Metrosexual? Nevermind the fluffy pics, the songs are all great and built on traditional AOR and catchy hooks. 'Love And Affection' was a #1 hit by Matthew and Gunnar (the twin sons of 60's rockstar Ricky Nelson) and it's a classic album. Sadly one hit wonders tho'. 

5. Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse
The 1990 effort by the mad donut loving Swede, it' s once again high speed picking with harmonic minor scales, diminished scales and sweep picked arpeggios. The first album with a Swedish vocalist (Goran Edman, ex-Madison, John Norum) and the last at Polydor records. 'Eclipse' is a grande picture painted by a grande guitarist! All hail Yngwie!

4. Petra - Beyond Belief
Christian hard rock at its very peak! It doesn't get any bigger and better than 'Beyond Belief' and you better believe it (ehem, Stryper's To Hell With The Devil?). Big, huge, sounding arena rock and the album won Petra their first Grammy after five previous nominations. The production by the Elefante bros. hugely inspired by Mutt Lange. Classy!

3. Extreme - Pornografitti
'If you don't like what you see here - get the funk out'. The decadence dance starts right here with a funked up fairy tale by the Boston boys. It's a wicked blend of funk-ish hardrock and softer melodies which sold Extreme-ly well, peaking at #10 and being certified double platinum in the U.S. ';More Than Words' a #1 hit and Nuno ruled! Classic

2. Thunder - Backstreet Symphony
The second coming of classic U.K. Rock! Yes, it's black pudding, fish & chips, deep fried mars bars, and, ehh... Thunder? Heavily based on Bad Company and Free, the ex-Terraplane lads set out to conquer the world in 1990. Sold gold in the UK (#21 in the chart) while the yanks didn't bother really. Strange, since Black Crowes did fine with their retro rock?

1. Queensryche - Empire
'Can't you feel it coming? EMPIRE'. Commercial to the extreme as flashy, proggy, art rock became the selling point this year. Queensryche sold +three million 'Empires' in the states (triple platinum at the time), more than their previous four releases combined, as the album peaked at #7 on the US chart. It's a real cross-over affair as any rock fan could and did enjoy the melodies. Classic!  [all album comment nonsense by: Urban]

INDIVIDUAL LISTS OF 1990 *Personal Stuff*


Albums Top 50:

1. Love/Hate - Blackout In The Red Room
2. Queensryche - Empire
3. King's X - Faith,Hope,Love
4. Nelson - After The Rain
5. Judas Priest - Painkiller
6. Firehouse - Firehouse
7. Thunder - Backstreet Symphony
8. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
9. Petra - Beyond Belief
10.Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

11.Fish - Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
12.AC/DC - The Razors Edge
13.Alias - Alias
14.Winger - In The Heart Of The Young
15.ZZ Top - Recycler
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
17.Extreme - Pornografitti
18.Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
19.Vixen - Rev It Up
20.Annihilator - Never Neverland

21.Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire
22.Scorpions - Crazy World
23.U.D.O. - Faceless World
24.Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse
25.Deep Purple - Slaves And Masters
26.Alice In Chains - Facelift
27.Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
28.Warrant - Cherry Pie
29.Sacred Reich - The American Way
30.Heart - Brigade

31.Anthrax - Persistence of Time
32.Talisman - Talisman
33.Danzig - II Lucifuge
34.MacAlpine - Eyes Of The World
35.Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying
36.Meliah Rage - Solitary Solitude
37.Magnum - Goodnight L.A.
38.Don Dokken - Up From The Ashes
39.Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow
40.Idle Cure - 2nd Avenue

41.Eyes - Eyes
42.Kreator - Coma Of Souls
43.Mother Love Bone - Apple
44.Death Angel - Act III
45.Electric Boys - Funk O Metal Carpet Ride
46.Bathory - Hammerheart
47.Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
48.Sacred Warrior - Wicked Generation
49.Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
50.Cheap Trick - Busted


Albums Top 40:

1. Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
2. Nelson - After The Rain
3. Petra - Beyond Belief
4. Vixen - Rev It Up
5. Valentine - Valentine
6. Heart - Brigade
7. Laos - We Want It
8. Alias - Alias
9. Pretty Maids - Jump The Gun
10.Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes

11.Blue Tears - Blue Tears
12.Zinatra - The Great Escape
13.Erika - Cold Winter Night
14.Eyes - Eyes
15.Warrant - Cherry Pie
16.Winger - In The Heart Of The Young
17.Fate - Scratch'n Sniff
18.Firehouse - Firehouse
19.Glass Tiger - Simple Mission
20.Paul Laine - Stick it In Your Ear

21.Talisman - Talisman
22.Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse
23.Heaven's Edge - Heaven's Edge
24.MacAlpine - Eyes Of The World
25.Queensryche - Empire
26.Reo Speedwagon - The Earth, A Small..
27.Skagarack - A Slice Of Heaven
28.Steelheart - Steelheart
29.Poison - Flesh & Blood
30.Styx - Edge Of The Century

31.Johnny Van Zant - The Brickyard Road
32.Jim Jidhed - Jim
33.Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation
34.Ratt - Detonator
35.Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
36.Idle Cure - 2nd Avenue
37.Bad Company - Holy Water
38.Y&T - Ten
39.Company Of Wolves - s/t
40.Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees


Albums Top 20:

1. Queensryche - Empire
2. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
3. King's X - Faith, Hope, Love
4. Fish - Vigil In A Wilderness...
5. Y & T - Ten
6. Thunder - Back Street Symphony
7. Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
8. Black Sabbath - Tyr
9. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
10.Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse

11.Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues
12.Alice In Chains - Facelift
13.Annihilator - Never,neverland
14.Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
15.Judas Priest - Painkiller
16.Asia - Then and Now
17.Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow
18.AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
19.Extreme - Pornografitti
20.Cinderella - Heartbreak Station


Albums Top 15:

1. Thunder - Backstreet Symphony
2. Bad Company - Holy Water
3. Extreme - Pornograffiti
4. Andy Taylor - Dangerous
5. Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow
6. Stryper - Against The Law
7. Y&T - Ten
8. Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation
9. Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
10.Gowan - Lost Brotherhood
11.Jimmy Barnes - Two Fires
12.ZZ Top - Recycler
13.House Of Lords - Sahara
14.Tigertailz - Bezerk
15.Petra - Beyond Belief



Albums Top 50:

1. Queensryche - Empire
2. Warrant - Cherry Pie
3. Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse
4. Extreme - Pornograffitti
5. Nelson - After The Rain
6. Firehouse - Firehouse
7. Alias - Alias
8. Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
9. Cinderella - Heartbreak Station
10. Heart - Brigade

11.Eyes - Eyes
12.House Of Lords - Sahara
13.Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation
14.Winger - In The Heart Of The Young
15.Valentine - Valentine
16.Thunder - Backstreet Symphony
17.Steelheart - Steelheart
18.Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
19.MacAlpine - Eyes Of The World
20.Poison - Flesh and Blood

21.Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
22.Blue Tears - Blue Tears
23.Electric Boys - Funk O Metal Carpet Ride
24.Paul Laine - Stick It In Your Ear
25.Quireboys - A Bit of What You Fancy
26.Tigertailz - Bezerk
27.Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
28.Tesla - Five Man Acoustical Jam
29.Vixen - Rev It Up
30.Sons of Angels - S/T

31.Beggars and Thieves - S/T
32.Talisman - Talisman
33.Petra - Beyond Belief
34.Ratt - Detonator
35.Alien - Shiftin' Gear
36.Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
37.Black Sabbath - Tyr
38.Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire
39.AC/DC - The Razors Edge
40.Sharman.Dave - 1990

41.Jim Jidhed - Jim
42.Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
43.Trixter - Trixter
44.Tim Feehan - Full Contact
45.Skagarack - Slice Of Heaven
46.Jamie LaRitz - S/T
47.Lita Ford - Stiletto
48.Ken Tamplin - An Axe To Grind
49.Zinatra - The Great Escape
50.Harlow - Harlow


AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Firehouse - All She Wrote
Love/Hate - Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?
Nelson - Love And Affection
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Scorpions - Winds Of Change (the 'whistle' tune)
Saxon - Solid Ball Of Rock
Queensryche - Empire
Damn Yankees - High Enough
Iron Maiden - Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter
Talisman - I'll Be Waiting
Deep Purple - King Of Dreams
Extreme - More Than Words
Warrant - Cherry Pie, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Winger - Miles Away, Can't Get Enuff
Gamma Ray - Heaven Can Wait
Pantera - Cemetery Gates
King's X - Six Broken Soldiers
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
The Black Crowes - Hard To Handle
Wilson/Phillips - Hold On
Valentine - Tears In The Night
Erika - Together We're Lost
Styx - Love Is The Ritual
ZZ Top - Doubleback

Steelheart - She's Gone
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Rat Bat Blue - Gypsy Heart
Pretty Maids - Savage Heart
Glass Tiger - Animal Heart
Alias - More Than Words Can Say, Haunted Heart (lots of hearts here..)
Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire
John Waite - Deal For Life

Stryper - Lady
Vixen - How Much Love
Gowan - All The Lovers In The World
Baton Rouge - It's About Time
Guns 'N Roses - knocking On Heaven's Door
Slayer - Dead Skin Mask
Slaughter - Up All Night Sleep All Day, Spend My Life
Thunder - Dirty Love 
Blue Tears - Rocking With The Radio
Anthrax - Got The Time...
Go West - King of Wishful Thinking
Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence 
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

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