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.
list ordered by

1
2,905 1,618
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,544 1,179
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,593 1,385
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,613 945
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,202 1,158
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,321 1,012
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,057 1,344
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,979 733
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,858 1,060
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,730 923
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,843 991
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

12
1,946 833
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

13
1,850 764
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,492 648
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

15
1,581 805
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,460 648
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,316 624
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,591 720
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

19
1,323 759
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,272 610
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,293 625
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

22
1,544 778
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
1,448 903
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,375 590
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
1,007 535
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,354 981
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,071 523
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,156 706
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,289 547
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

30
1,240 570
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

31
1,270 1,061
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,098 668
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,104 624
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,086 514
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

35
1,082 817
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
931 686
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
950 907
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
975 544
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
947 706
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
1,036 756
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

41
948 742
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
840 496
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
868 401
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
739 629
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
891 753
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
927 730
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
694 450
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
631 406
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
639 208
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

50
704 658
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
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