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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
2,287 1,265
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
1,993 883
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,055 1,088
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,079 723
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,839 780
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,761 940
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,621 1,080
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,557 611
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,392 746
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,476 812
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,588 656
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,447 875
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,521 607
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,291 640
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
1,172 540
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,293 596
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,153 533
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,019 510
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,054 611
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,017 506
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,140 712
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Top Home Decor and Furniture Websites

22
1,217 645
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
985 505
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

24
1,109 497
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
778 432
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
1,054 779
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

27
843 425
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

28
934 573
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

29
999 821
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

30
886 544
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

31
1,048 440
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

32
1,002 459
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

33
914 494
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
729 540
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
886 400
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
783 440
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
829 650
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
717 734
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

39
662 389
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

40
659 278
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

41
745 566
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
587 494
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

The Best Metal Songs About Evil

43
750 622
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
784 601
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
750 616
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
672 610
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
489 300
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
554 354
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
578 415
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead

50
436 133
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden