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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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1,621 733
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

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2
1,909 1,019
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
1,711 911
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,687 597
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,454 778
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,350 884
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,487 644
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,277 505
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,135 630
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,207 673
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,304 565
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,156 763
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,282 510
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,085 531
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
1,067 517
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

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16
967 464
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

17
827 425
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
965 437
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
838 412
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

20
857 509
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
921 588
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
794 411
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
946 428
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
999 560
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
775 404
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
683 357
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

27
888 367
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

28
633 358
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

29
774 492
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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30
824 673
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

31
841 401
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

32
738 457
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
738 323
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

34
846 663
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

35
599 451
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

36
573 618
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

37
545 312
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

38
630 383
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
663 567
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

40
493 407
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

41
607 487
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
595 545
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

43
641 499
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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44
646 520
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

45
498 211
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

46
550 504
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
403 228
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
458 285
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
450 271
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
490 351
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead