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The Top Metal Albums of All Time 

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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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The Number of the Beast ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Iron Maiden (1982); Tracks: The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills & Gangland
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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Paranoid, Iron Man & Rat Salad
3
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me & N.I.B.
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Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Megadeth (1990); Tracks: Tornado of Souls, Hangar 18 & Lucretia
5
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Metallica (1984); Tracks: Creeping Death, Escape & For Whom the Bell Tolls
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Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1971); Tracks: Embryo, After Forever & Orchid
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Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Dio (1983); Tracks: Rainbow in the Dark, Shame on the Night & Don’t Talk to Strangers
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Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Iron Maiden (1984); Tracks: Back in the Village, The Duellists & Flash of the Blade
9
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Metallica (1983); Tracks: Metal Militia, Motorbreath & (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth
10
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Iron Maiden (1983); Tracks: Still Life, Where Eagles Dare & To Tame a Land
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Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Slayer (1986); Tracks: Postmortem, Raining Blood & Reborn
12
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Metallica (1986); Tracks: Master of Puppets, Damage & Inc.
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Screaming for Vengeance ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Judas Priest (1982); Tracks: The Hellion, Electric Eye & Riding on the Wild
14
Peace Sells... but Who's... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Megadeth (1986); Tracks: Peace Sells, Good Mourning / Black Friday & My Last Words
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Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Ozzy Osbourne (1980); Tracks: You Lookin' at Me Lookin' at You, You Said It All & Goodbye to Romance
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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1973); Tracks: Looking for Today, Sabbra Cadabra & Who Are You?
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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1980); Tracks: Lonely Is the Word, Walk Away & Die Young
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Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Pantera (1990); Tracks: Cemetery Gates, Shattered & Domination
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Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Motörhead (1980); Tracks: (We Are) The Road Crew, Jailbait & Shoot You in the Back
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Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Judas Priest (1990); Tracks: Hell Patrol, Metal Meltdown & All Guns Blazing
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…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Metallica (1988); Tracks: Harvester of Sorrow, Dyers Eve & Blackened
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Vulgar Display of Power ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Pantera (1992); Tracks: Walk, Regular People (Conceit) & Live in a Hole
23
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Judas Priest (1980); Tracks: Living After Midnight, Steeler & Grinder
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Iron Maiden (1980); Tracks: Prowler, Remember Tomorrow & Strange World
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Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
By Slayer (1990); Tracks: Temptation, Seasons in the Abyss & Skeletons of Society