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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
2,143 959
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,441 1,360
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,181 1,169
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,204 782
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,969 846
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,882 996
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,724 1,153
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,665 646
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,687 702
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

10
1,489 789
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,565 859
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

12
1,545 928
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,619 646
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,365 684
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

15
1,245 568
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,376 623
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,230 559
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,098 540
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,120 642
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,080 537
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,218 760
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
1,055 531
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
1,294 678
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,171 514
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
844 452
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

26
1,069 879
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

27
1,128 826
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

28
896 453
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

The Most Ridiculous Album Covers In Metal History

29
994 603
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

30
1,074 480
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
942 579
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

32
1,109 466
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

33
960 523
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
782 577
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
940 426
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

36
836 462
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
802 600
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

38
887 690
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

39
768 772
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

40
717 415
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

41
715 312
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
803 658
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

43
620 526
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

44
846 644
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
799 646
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

46
722 649
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
537 323
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
592 374
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
501 143
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

50
620 434
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead