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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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1,856 981
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
1,565 716
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,665 884
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,638 578
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,417 749
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,323 858
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,442 631
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,100 619
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
1,237 498
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

10
1,171 654
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,267 553
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,114 744
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,252 497
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,060 518
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
812 406
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
1,038 507
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
801 413
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
938 459
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
940 431
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
838 495
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
770 402
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
890 575
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
919 422
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
969 549
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
660 351
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
619 350
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
760 393
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
763 479
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
869 361
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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30
801 662
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

31
819 394
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

32
724 447
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
823 655
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
722 314
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

35
585 439
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

36
615 372
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
558 601
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
533 304
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
483 399
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
646 561
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
596 477
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
636 512
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
584 536
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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620 487
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
483 203
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

46
534 493
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
394 221
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

48
447 278
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
440 263
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
483 345
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead