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
3,040 1,729
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,695 1,253
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,725 1,465
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,749 1,003
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,326 1,218
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,463 1,071
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,172 1,412
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,102 774
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,972 1,110
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,944 1,044
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,053 878
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,836 965
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,584 684
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
1,922 810
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,665 842
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,536 681
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,397 794
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,392 656
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,680 753
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,457 608
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

21
1,624 813
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,336 635
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,363 654
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

24
1,537 947
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
1,072 558
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,221 742
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

27
1,424 1,040
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

28
1,143 544
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,345 1,123
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,354 580
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,293 605
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

32
1,148 705
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,162 658
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
985 708
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

35
1,134 857
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,020 574
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,135 545
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

38
999 767
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
1,087 791
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

40
988 952
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

41
996 735
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
884 517
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
927 430
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
782 652
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
933 792
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
971 763
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
730 480
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
670 435
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
745 689
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
686 237
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden