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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
3,228 1,904
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,925 1,359
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,929 1,584
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,986 1,075
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,551 1,299
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,666 1,164
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,354 1,508
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,182 1,174
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2,274 839
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2,100 1,124
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,219 945
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
2,005 1,034
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,717 744
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
2,071 873
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,786 926
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,686 732
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,552 703
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,538 854
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,830 802
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,480 693
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,788 871
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,571 662
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

23
1,683 1,020
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,487 714
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,348 792
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
1,581 1,121
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,161 623
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

28
1,274 585
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,454 1,224
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,458 624
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,272 767
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

32
1,393 651
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

33
1,083 785
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

34
1,252 707
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

35
1,260 918
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,119 812
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,112 626
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

38
1,241 584
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

39
1,207 838
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

40
1,077 1,017
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

41
1,082 786
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
1,034 466
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

43
952 573
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

44
844 710
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
1,022 848
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
1,050 824
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
782 264
Killers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

48
795 525
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

49
799 739
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
719 477
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest