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Shreddit's top metal albums include some of the best and most classic extreme metal albums ever made. For casual fans, some of these album titles might be new, but they're certainly worth checking out. Longtime fans, however, will likely instantly recognize several of these albums, and realize that they are from some of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. This is where the votes come in: Cast your votes up or down, based on your own personal opinions. You can also add any of your favorites that might not be listed, and of course, you can (and should) re-rank this list of Shreddit's favorite metal albums any way you want. From the doom metal of bands like Sweden's Candlemass to albums by the "stoner" metal band Sleep, the albums listed here reflect the diversity of the metal genre. Again, these are some of the best heavy metal albums you've possibly never heard, but they are all worth your time to track down. Interested in other heavy metal-related lists? Check out and vote on these lists of the best female hard rock/metal guitar shredders, the best screamo bands of all time and the best overall metal guitarists and guitar teams.
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1,734 897
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2
1,447 656
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,552 824
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,519 537
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,308 695
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,233 796
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,319 593
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,158 469
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,023 587
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,103 623
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,187 532
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,183 475
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,029 709
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
996 491
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
760 382
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

16
976 488
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
746 389
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
885 437
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
885 413
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
781 470
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
718 379
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
838 536
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
866 401
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
905 520
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
582 327
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

26
623 332
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

27
714 372
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
715 454
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
826 342
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

The Best Metal Songs About Revenge 31 Things That Are Normal In The Day, But Terrifying At Night

30
782 372
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
751 630
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

32
682 430
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
773 626
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

34
558 407
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
676 302
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

36
585 352
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
523 562
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

38
499 290
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

39
462 380
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
601 538
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
558 452
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
604 491
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

43
439 174
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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44
538 513
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
569 464
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
496 470
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
365 204
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

48
429 255
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
415 238
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden

50
456 327
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead