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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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British Steel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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

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

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

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Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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

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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

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