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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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1,984 1,065
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2
1,691 759
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,777 942
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,755 621
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,505 814
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,406 924
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,570 673
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,269 697
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

9
1,186 651
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,315 525
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

11
1,361 582
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,209 790
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,326 527
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,134 546
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
1,001 455
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,111 534
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,002 478
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

18
861 442
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
878 428
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

20
967 615
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
883 531
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
828 425
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
977 442
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
1,044 575
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
864 699
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

26
800 421
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

27
705 372
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
656 370
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

29
798 506
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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912 381
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

31
871 408
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

32
880 686
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

33
767 477
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
765 336
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

35
622 468
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

36
601 637
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

37
562 329
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

38
651 393
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
685 590
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

40
504 423
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

41
528 223
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
621 561
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

43
623 503
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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658 520
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
658 542
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
569 526
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
419 239
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
472 295
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
467 288
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden

50
503 359
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead