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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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1,745 899
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
1,455 660
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,561 825
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,527 539
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,313 699
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,239 799
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,328 595
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,161 473
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,028 588
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,106 626
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,195 534
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,186 478
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,035 712
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
998 493
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
762 385
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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16
979 490
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
750 391
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
887 415
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
786 471
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
722 381
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
842 538
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
868 403
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
909 522
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
627 333
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
717 375
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
719 457
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
829 345
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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30
784 375
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
754 634
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

32
686 432
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
559 412
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
679 304
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

36
586 356
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
524 566
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
501 292
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
463 383
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
602 542
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
560 456
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
605 494
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
443 176
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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44
541 516
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
571 467
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
498 473
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
367 207
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
430 258
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
417 242
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
459 329
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead