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The Top Metal Albums of All Time  

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List Rules Only metal bands

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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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
2
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
3
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
5
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
7
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
11
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
12
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
13
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
16
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
17
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
18
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
22
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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British Steel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest