Metal The Top Metal Albums of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by

1
2,758 1,522
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,417 1,100
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,449 1,314
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,481 880
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,216 945
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,081 1,106
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,944 1,282
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,877 699
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,746 1,007
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,649 873
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,864 776
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,733 952
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

13
1,773 714
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,510 757
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

15
1,406 616
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

16
1,383 611
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,244 588
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,513 676
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

19
1,236 715
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,221 588
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

21
1,453 738
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,180 582
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,371 854
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,293 560
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
947 502
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,279 912
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,008 487
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,091 664
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,181 529
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

30
1,225 508
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,204 991
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,039 628
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,051 579
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,035 475
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

35
1,012 768
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
877 647
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
893 849
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
923 512
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
889 664
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
799 462
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

41
813 364
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
971 714
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

43
890 706
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
687 598
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
839 711
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
882 698
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
589 177
Killers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

48
596 372
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
654 417
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
671 616
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death