Metal Health is the third studio album and American debut album by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It was released on March 11, 1983 and is dedicated to the memory of former guitarist Randy Rhoads. The album spawned the band's signature songs, the No. 5 hit "Cum On Feel the Noize" and the No. 31 hit "Metal Health". Metal Health is the first ever heavy metal album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200, replacing the Police's Synchronicity at number one in November 1983; because of that placement, it has been called the start of the hair metal era. The album went on to sell more than ten million copies worldwide.
"Slick Black Cadillac" is a re-recorded version of the same song from Quiet Riot II.
The song "Thunderbird" is dedicated to guitarist and founding member Randy Rhoads. Although the bulk of the song was written for Rhoads while he was still alive, Kevin DuBrow added one final verse as a tribute to Rhoads after he died in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.
Some critics, such as AllMusic, describe it as a one-hit wonder, owing to Quiet Riot's relative lack of critical and commercial success with following albums (and subsequent disintegration) towards the end of the 1980s. The title track was ranked No. 35 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.
^DiVita, Joe (July 22, 2013). "10 Best Metal Albums of 1983". Loudwire. Retrieved 2021-04-09. Metal Health’ is immortalized in music history as the first heavy metal album to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart