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
3,511 2,086
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
3,192 1,492
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
3,193 1,719
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
3,229 1,192
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,957 1,258
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,759 1,422
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
2,583 1,620
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,374 1,279
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2,481 904
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2,288 1,220
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,413 1,006
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
2,196 1,109
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
2,208 950
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,881 802
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

15
1,815 794
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

16
1,943 998
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

17
1,695 760
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,676 925
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,961 858
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,622 750
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,711 712
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

22
1,948 924
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
1,833 1,104
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,602 760
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,459 852
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time