Metal 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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1
2,761 1,527
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,421 1,104
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,451 1,318
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,484 884
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,221 948
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,084 1,109
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,948 1,283
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,880 701
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,749 1,009
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,652 875
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,868 777
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,736 953
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

13
1,777 716
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,510 758
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

15
1,406 617
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

16
1,385 612
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,244 589
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,516 676
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

19
1,237 717
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,223 589
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

21
1,455 739
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,182 582
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,373 855
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,293 561
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
947 503
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,280 912
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,009 487
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,093 665
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,183 529
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

30
1,225 509
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,207 991
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,041 629
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,053 580
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,037 476
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

35
1,013 769
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
877 648
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
894 850
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
924 512
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
890 665
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
801 462
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

41
813 365
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
971 715
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

43
891 707
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
688 598
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
839 712
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
883 698
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
597 373
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

48
590 178
Killers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

49
654 418
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
671 617
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death