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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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2,199 991
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,500 1,395
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,232 1,208
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,264 807
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,020 870
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,921 1,026
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,770 1,183
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,711 661
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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1,520 813
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,728 721
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,602 885
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

12
1,586 948
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,652 663
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,398 699
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

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1,277 580
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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1,268 569
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,131 551
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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1,409 636
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

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1,137 661
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,111 550
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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1,262 776
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,080 545
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,325 696
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,197 524
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

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863 465
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

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1,106 900
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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923 462
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

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1,159 848
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

The Most Ridiculous Album Covers In Metal History

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1,094 490
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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1,009 620
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,137 476
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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962 592
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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979 534
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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963 435
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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806 592
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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855 475
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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918 702
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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824 616
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

39
739 424
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

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794 790
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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824 671
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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739 323
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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865 660
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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635 543
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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823 657
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

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741 666
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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552 333
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

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605 382
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

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520 149
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

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586 399
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden