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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
2,427 1,107
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

2
2,765 1,534
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

3
2,457 1,323
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,490 886
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,230 951
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,089 1,111
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,951 1,287
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,886 703
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,755 1,010
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,657 878
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,872 779
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,738 957
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

13
1,781 719
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,514 762
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

15
1,411 618
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

16
1,389 614
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,247 593
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,520 678
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

19
1,241 719
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,229 591
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

21
1,461 740
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,187 583
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,376 858
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,298 563
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
952 504
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,285 917
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,013 489
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,096 667
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,186 531
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

30
1,227 511
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,209 995
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,044 631
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,055 583
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,040 478
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

35
1,016 770
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
880 649
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
899 852
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
927 513
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
894 668
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
802 465
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

41
815 368
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
974 718
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

43
895 708
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
689 601
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
841 715
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
885 700
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
599 376
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

48
593 180
Killers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

49
657 420
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
673 619
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death