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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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1,742 898
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows

2
1,451 659
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,558 825
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,523 539
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,312 697
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,239 797
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,325 595
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,160 472
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,027 588
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,106 625
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,191 534
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,184 478
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,033 711
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
997 493
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
761 384
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
978 490
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
749 390
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
886 439
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
886 415
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
785 471
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
720 381
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
841 538
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
867 403
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
908 522
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
626 333
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

26
582 330
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

27
715 375
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
718 456
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
827 344
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
784 374
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
753 633
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

32
684 432
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
776 627
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
558 411
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
678 304
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

36
586 355
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
524 565
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
500 292
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
463 382
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
602 540
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
560 454
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
605 493
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
441 176
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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44
540 515
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
571 466
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
498 472
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
366 206
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
430 257
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
416 241
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
457 329
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead