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
3,608 2,152
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
2
3,269 1,533
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
3
3,284 1,760
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
4
3,317 1,226
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
5
3,054 1,295
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
6
2,833 1,455
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
7
2,666 1,660
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
2,433 1,315
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
9
2,536 928
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
2,266 1,127
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
11
2,484 1,025
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
12
2,359 1,255
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
13
2,266 966
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
14
1,926 827
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
15
1,859 814
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
16
1,998 1,018
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
17
1,738 777
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
18
1,720 948
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
19
2,010 878
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
20
1,672 764
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
21
1,748 733
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
22
2,002 949
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
23
1,874 1,143
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
24
1,636 780
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
25
1,489 873
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time