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The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time

List Criteria: Music Albums

Metal fans are a very passionate bunch. They're also very opinionated, expect a big debate about the very definition of "heavy metal." This list represent the best and most influential "heavy metal" albums of all time.

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    #14 on the original list Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. With this album, the band expanded upon their slow, crunching style of music

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    #3 on the original list Metallica Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on March 3, 1986 through Elektra Records, making it the group's major label debut. The album

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    #17 on the original list Iron Maiden Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by

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    #2 on the original list Black Sabbath Paranoid is the second studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, the album was the only one by the band to top the UK Albums Chart, and as a result is

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    #5 on the original list Metallica ...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was released on August 25, 1988 through Elektra Records. It was the group's first studio album

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    #13 on the original list Iron Maiden Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was originally released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) on EMI, and on Capitol in the US; it was reissued later on

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    #1 on the original list Metallica Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984 through the independent record label Megaforce Records. The album was

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    #20 on the original list Megadeth Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released on July 14, 1992 through Capitol Records. Countdown to Extinction is Megadeth's

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    #7 on the original list Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released on 19 September, 1986. Originally, the project was handled by Combat Records, and

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    #21 on the original list Black Sabbath Master of Reality is the third album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in July 1971. It is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Master of Reality was certified double

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    #30 on the original list Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz is the first solo studio album by British singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, recorded in Surrey, UK and released on September 20, 1980 in the UK and on March 27, 1981 in the US. It

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    #9 on the original list Megadeth Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. Released on September 24, 1990, it was the third Megadeth album distributed through Capitol Records. The album was the

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    #44 on the original list Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released

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    #19 on the original list Judas Priest Painkiller is a 1990 gold-certified album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, their 12th studio album. The album was recorded at Miraval Studios, Brignoles, France in early 1990, and mixed at

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    #23 on the original list Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. The album was originally to be titled Snowblind, after one of several songs

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    #27 on the original list Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman is the second solo studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was recorded from the 9th of Feb to the 23 of March 1981 inclusively - the end of winter in the UK and recording ending just into

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    #77 on the original list Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth, released in June 1985 through Combat and Relativity Records. During the beginning of 1985,

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    #32 on the original list Pantera Far Beyond Driven is the seventh album by American groove metal band Pantera. It was released on March 22, 1994 through East West Records. Upon its release, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It

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    #6 on the original list Slayer Reign in Blood is the third studio album and the major label debut by the American thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on October 7, 1986 through Def Jam Recordings. The album was the band's

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    #37 on the original list Slayer South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on July 5, 1988, the album was the band's second collaboration with record producer Rick Rubin, whose

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    #25 on the original list Pantera Cowboys from Hell is Pantera's fifth album and their first Atco Records album, recorded at The Dallas Sound Lab in Irving, TX and released on July 24, 1990. This was their first commercially

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    #144 on the original list Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe (sometimes referred to by its full title Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International) is the debut solo album by the former White Zombie

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    #448 on the original list Sebastian Bach Bach 2: Basics is the second solo release by Sebastian Bach former front man of Skid Row. The album was released in 2001. It consists mainly of covers from previously-released tribute albums. Original

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    #12 on the original list Dio Holy Diver is the debut album from American heavy metal band Dio. Released on May 25, 1983, the album has been hailed by critics as Dio's best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre. The

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    #68 on the original list Skid Row Slave to the Grind is Skid Row's second album, released on June 11, 1991. Slave to the Grind is notable for being the first heavy metal album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the SoundScan

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    #622 on the original list Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What! is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released by Capitol Records in 1988. A remixed and remastered version including several bonus tracks

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    #43 on the original list Iron Maiden Iron Maiden, released on 14 April 1980, is the debut album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released by EMI in the UK, reaching number 4 in the UK charts, and a few months later in

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    #34 on the original list Alice in Chains Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains and was released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records. Peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, the album was

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    #446 on the original list Live Shit: Binge & Purge

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    #16 on the original list Slayer Seasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by the thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on October 9, 1990 through Def American Records, and later through American Recordings after the company

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    #94 on the original list Anthrax Sound of White Noise is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Anthrax, released in May 1993 on Elektra Records. It is the band's first album with Armored Saint vocalist John Bush, and

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    #138 on the original list White Zombie La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 is the third album by metal band White Zombie. It is the last album to feature drummer Ivan de Prume. The album's sound is a mix of groove metal and funk metal with

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    #61 on the original list Slayer Show No Mercy is the debut album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released in December 1983 through Metal Blade Records. Brian Slagel signed the band to Metal Blade after watching the band

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    #3117 on the original list Use Your Illusion I

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    #321 on the original list The Best of Alice Cooper

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    #125 on the original list Fear Factory Demanufacture is the second studio album (not including the previous EP Fear Is the Mindkiller) by the Los Angeles industrial metal band Fear Factory. This is the band's first album with their classic

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    #156 on the original list Deftones Around the Fur is Deftones' second major label album, released in 1997. The songs "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" were both released as singles with

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    #175 on the original list Black Label Society 1919 Eternal (also stylized as 1919★Eternal) is the third album by the heavy metal band Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for Zakk Wylde's father. Five songs from

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    #1044 on the original list HammerFall Legacy of Kings is the second album from Swedish metal band HammerFall. It was released September 28, 1998 on Nuclear Blast Records. The enhanced CD release included the music video for the track

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    #875 on the original list Nothingface Violence is the third album by the Washington-based alternative metal music group Nothingface. The album was released on September 5, 2000, via TVT Records.

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    #927 on the original list One Crimson Night

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    #53 on the original list Mercyful Fate Melissa is the debut album of Danish band Mercyful Fate released in 1983. It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. In 2005 Roadrunner Records re-released this album with several bonus

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    #568 on the original list Voivod Negatron was the eighth album released by Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. It was released in 1995 on Hypnotic Records. It is also the first album to feature Eric Forrest on bass and vocals. There

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    #90 on the original list Sepultura Chaos A.D. (Chaos Anno Domini) is the fifth studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released in late 1993 through Roadrunner Records. This was the record that helped the group transcend

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    #485 on the original list Megadeth Cryptic Writings is the seventh studio album by heavy metal band Megadeth. The album was released on June 17, 1997 and debuted at #10 on Billboard Top 200. This is the last Megadeth studio album to

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    #304 on the original list Manowar Louder Than Hell was released in 1996 by Manowar. It is the first album to feature guitarist Karl Logan, as well as the return of drummer Scott Columbus. Cover art was done by Ken Kelly.

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    #199 on the original list Sepultura Morbid Visions is the debut album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released in 1986 through Cogumelo Records. While later albums have a more political edge, Morbid Visions (along with the

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    #126 on the original list Judas Priest Stained Class is the fourth album by British heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in February 1978. A popular album in the band's catalogue, Stained Class showcased a more streamlined songwriting

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