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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
3,010 1,703
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,661 1,237
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,701 1,444
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,722 988
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,304 1,203
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,432 1,060
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,145 1,397
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,074 762
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,944 1,102
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,922 1,030
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,027 873
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,807 959
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,561 673
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
1,901 803
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,646 834
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,384 782
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,518 675
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,371 652
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,662 748
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,435 603
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

21
1,610 806
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,321 627
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,346 650
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

24
1,513 938
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
1,209 732
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
1,055 556
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

27
1,403 1,028
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

28
1,125 542
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,325 1,114
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,337 577
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,280 600
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

32
1,136 699
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,154 652
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
978 704
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

35
1,121 851
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,009 571
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,126 542
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

38
986 763
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
979 944
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

40
1,076 787
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

41
984 731
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
879 513
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
913 425
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
771 649
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
924 786
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
962 758
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
726 476
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
663 430
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
741 683
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
677 234
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden