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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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1,782 930
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2
1,487 679
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,593 848
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,563 551
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,347 720
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,266 818
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,363 605
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,182 481
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,051 601
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,128 636
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,217 540
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,207 488
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,057 727
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,020 504
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
777 394
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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16
999 496
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
769 396
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
899 446
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
907 421
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
804 484
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
739 388
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
859 551
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
881 411
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
929 531
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
637 337
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

26
589 336
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

27
731 383
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
843 349
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

29
728 468
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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795 380
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
770 642
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

32
696 438
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
795 634
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

34
567 424
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
692 307
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

36
596 361
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
538 580
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

38
510 296
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

39
469 391
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
619 550
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
570 463
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
612 499
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

43
460 187
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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44
557 522
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
588 476
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
378 208
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

47
506 480
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

48
436 264
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
428 249
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden

50
466 334
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead