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.
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1
3,186 1,491
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

2
3,500 2,083
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

3
3,183 1,716
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
3,225 1,189
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,947 1,257
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,750 1,421
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
2,573 1,618
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,475 903
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
2,365 1,279
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
2,283 1,215
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,406 1,004
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
2,190 1,105
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
2,202 947
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,873 802
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

15
1,813 790
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

16
1,938 995
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

17
1,691 757
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,670 924
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,956 857
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,617 748
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,704 712
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

22
1,942 923
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
1,828 1,100
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,598 758
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,454 851
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time