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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
1,986 879
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,280 1,262
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,049 1,083
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,068 721
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,833 775
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,755 936
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,616 1,076
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,551 609
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,389 740
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,471 808
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,583 653
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,442 871
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,513 604
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,288 636
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

15
1,167 539
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,289 594
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,151 529
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,015 509
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,054 607
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,014 503
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,135 710
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Golf Games of All Time

22
1,216 640
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
983 501
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

24
1,106 495
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
775 429
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

26
1,051 774
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

27
841 423
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

28
931 571
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

29
997 818
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

30
883 543
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

31
1,046 437
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

32
998 457
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

33
911 493
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
728 539
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
884 399
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
779 440
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
826 648
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
713 733
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

39
660 388
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

40
655 277
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

41
742 565
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
587 491
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

43
748 620
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
783 599
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
748 615
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

46
671 608
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
488 298
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
554 352
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
577 413
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead

50
433 133
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden