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

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2,589 1,436
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2,309 1,244
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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2,342 837
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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2,080 899
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

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1,978 1,053
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,839 1,221
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,772 674
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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1,563 833
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,655 905
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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1,639 970
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,773 746
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,703 678
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,429 724
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,325 590
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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1,311 582
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,171 563
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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1,448 651
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

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1,177 677
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,149 561
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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1,313 806
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

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1,375 711
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,118 558
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,229 536
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

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894 474
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

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956 469
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

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1,145 936
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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1,205 868
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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1,127 502
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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1,171 484
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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992 603
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,038 637
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,002 549
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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835 611
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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984 447
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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878 489
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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953 726
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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851 629
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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830 812
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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759 433
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

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849 685
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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775 337
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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909 680
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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656 558
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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777 683
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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849 671
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

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567 347
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

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624 393
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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549 159
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

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631 599
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Symbolic Death