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
3 393 2 016
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
3 078 1 444
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
3 089 1 659
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
3 136 1 140
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2 677 1 363
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2 838 1 220
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2 476 1 575
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2 287 1 234
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2 401 875
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2 209 1 179
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2 346 979
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
2 125 1 075
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1 811 780
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
2 158 920
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1 886 963
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1 763 760
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1 638 732
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1 621 895
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1 916 834
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1 578 720
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1 881 899
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1 658 693
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

23
1 768 1 060
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1 553 736
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1 418 825
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time