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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
2,155 1,170
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
1,867 821
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,932 1,014
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,945 672
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,666 880
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,713 730
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

7
1,522 1,013
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,463 563
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,315 702
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,394 760
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,503 620
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,447 568
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,353 835
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,220 610
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

15
1,113 510
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,104 496
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,237 569
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

18
963 477
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
974 472
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

20
1,082 666
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
990 575
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Sport Utility Vehicles of All Time

22
934 464
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
1,154 614
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,064 469
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
732 405
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

26
997 730
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
798 401
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

28
936 770
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

29
1,007 413
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

30
884 547
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

31
839 521
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

32
873 468
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
955 438
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

34
846 376
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

35
695 515
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

36
741 417
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
779 626
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
670 699
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

39
627 372
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

40
617 256
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

41
703 543
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
561 463
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

The Best Metal Songs About Pain

43
713 593
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
737 567
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
725 584
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

46
632 575
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
531 326
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

48
461 279
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

49
554 391
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead

50
400 118
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden