Albums 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
3,615 2,157
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
2
3,274 1,537
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
3
3,293 1,761
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
4
3,325 1,232
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
5
3,062 1,300
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
6
2,838 1,457
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
7
2,674 1,662
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
2,436 1,316
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
9
2,542 931
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
2,271 1,130
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
11
2,364 1,257
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
12
2,488 1,028
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
13
2,269 970
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
14
1,927 831
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
15
1,861 818
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
16
2,001 1,023
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
17
1,740 781
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
18
1,724 949
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
19
2,013 880
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
20
1,676 765
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
21
1,750 735
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
22
2,006 951
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
23
1,880 1,146
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
24
1,638 783
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
25
1,492 874
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time