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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
2,132 951
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,428 1,353
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,171 1,162
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,197 773
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,959 840
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,876 990
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,718 1,147
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,658 643
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,680 699
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

10
1,482 788
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,561 858
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

12
1,539 923
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,613 644
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,360 682
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
1,242 565
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,371 620
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,223 559
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,094 538
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,117 641
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,075 536
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,214 757
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
1,051 530
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
1,289 676
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,167 514
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
841 452
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
1,066 874
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

27
1,122 822
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

28
892 452
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

The Most Ridiculous Album Covers In Metal History

29
988 602
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

30
1,071 479
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
937 578
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

32
1,105 465
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

33
958 520
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
779 575
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
936 425
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

36
834 462
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
800 598
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

38
886 688
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

39
766 769
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

40
712 415
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

41
711 310
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
802 655
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

43
618 523
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

44
843 642
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
794 646
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
721 646
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
532 323
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
590 373
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
498 143
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

50
619 433
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead