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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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1,774 922
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2
1,476 675
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,587 841
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,556 546
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,334 719
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,263 812
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,358 603
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,045 598
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
1,174 481
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

10
1,125 634
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,210 539
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,202 486
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,051 725
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,016 502
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
775 392
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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16
765 396
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

17
993 495
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

18
898 445
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
900 419
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
797 482
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
736 388
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
857 551
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
876 411
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
922 530
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
634 337
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

26
588 335
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

27
730 382
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
841 348
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

29
724 467
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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30
768 640
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

31
792 380
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

32
694 438
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
794 634
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

34
564 424
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
691 307
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

36
594 361
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
533 579
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

38
509 296
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

39
466 391
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
613 550
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
568 461
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
612 498
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

43
455 186
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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44
550 522
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
581 475
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
375 208
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

47
504 480
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

48
435 263
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
427 248
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden

50
466 333
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead