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.
list ordered by
1
3,361 1,584
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
2
3,698 2,219
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
3
3,382 1,803
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
4
3,409 1,266
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
5
3,163 1,337
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
6
2,916 1,498
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
7
2,749 1,706
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
2,500 1,357
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
9
2,616 952
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
2,560 1,058
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
11
2,343 1,157
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
12
2,436 1,288
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
13
2,330 1,003
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
14
1,983 856
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
15
1,795 808
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
16
1,921 846
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
17
2,067 1,052
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
18
2,072 905
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
19
1,768 980
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
20
1,720 803
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
21
1,804 761
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
22
2,055 986
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
23
1,939 1,176
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
24
1,678 808
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
25
1,530 898
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time