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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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1,859 982
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
1,566 717
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,666 885
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,639 579
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,417 751
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,323 860
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,445 632
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,101 620
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
1,238 499
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

10
1,173 655
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,268 554
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,114 746
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,252 499
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,061 519
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
814 406
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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1,039 508
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
802 414
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
940 459
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
943 431
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
839 497
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
772 402
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
892 575
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
920 422
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
969 551
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
662 351
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
619 351
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
761 393
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
763 480
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
869 362
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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801 662
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

31
820 394
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

32
725 448
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
823 655
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
722 315
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

35
585 439
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

36
616 372
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
558 601
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
534 304
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
483 399
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
646 561
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
596 477
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
636 512
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

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584 536
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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484 203
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
620 487
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
534 493
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
394 222
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

48
448 278
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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440 264
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

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483 345
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead