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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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2,512 1,399
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
2,208 996
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,242 1,211
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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2,282 809
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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2,027 871
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

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1,930 1,029
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,779 1,187
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,718 664
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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1,528 814
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,736 724
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,608 887
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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1,597 950
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,662 663
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,402 702
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,285 580
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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1,273 571
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,137 552
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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1,417 637
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

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1,141 664
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,118 551
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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1,270 778
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

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1,339 697
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,086 547
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,204 526
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

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869 467
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

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1,111 906
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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932 462
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

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1,168 849
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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1,099 493
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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1,146 476
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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1,015 622
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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967 594
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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983 537
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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969 437
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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811 595
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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859 477
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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924 706
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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828 620
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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743 426
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

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799 795
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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830 673
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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747 325
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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870 666
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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638 546
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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827 659
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

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744 671
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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554 337
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

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610 383
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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525 150
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

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592 400
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden