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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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2,268 1,018
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

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2,586 1,435
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2,304 1,243
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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2,340 834
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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2,077 896
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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1,977 1,051
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,835 1,220
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,768 673
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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1,560 832
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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1,653 904
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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1,771 744
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,637 968
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,700 677
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,428 723
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,322 590
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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1,310 581
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,169 563
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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1,447 649
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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1,176 676
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,148 560
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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1,309 805
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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1,372 710
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,113 558
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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1,226 535
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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891 474
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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954 469
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

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1,141 936
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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1,203 867
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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1,126 501
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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1,169 484
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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1,037 636
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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989 602
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,002 548
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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834 610
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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983 447
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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878 488
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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952 724
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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849 629
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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828 810
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

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758 433
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

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848 684
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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772 337
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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907 679
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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654 558
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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776 682
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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848 670
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

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566 347
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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622 393
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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547 158
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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604 412
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