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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2,684 1,468
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
2,353 1,058
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,390 1,270
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,413 854
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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2,153 915
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
2,025 1,079
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,892 1,246
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,823 681
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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1,684 985
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,599 847
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,815 756
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,688 922
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

13
1,732 693
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,467 738
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,358 598
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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1,343 592
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,196 574
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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1,475 660
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

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1,197 692
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,175 576
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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1,143 565
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,402 723
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,335 823
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,251 544
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

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913 482
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

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1,242 883
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

27
971 475
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

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1,059 649
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,150 512
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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1,169 958
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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1,192 494
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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1,011 611
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,023 563
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,006 457
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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852 624
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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976 743
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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861 828
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

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893 501
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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776 444
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

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865 645
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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787 345
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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942 692
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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862 693
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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666 573
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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811 692
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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859 680
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

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581 356
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

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634 401
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

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564 168
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

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645 605
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Symbolic Death