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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
2,284 1,262
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
1,988 882
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,052 1,085
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,074 722
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,836 778
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,758 937
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,618 1,078
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,553 611
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,390 743
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,473 810
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,585 655
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,444 872
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,518 604
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,291 636
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

15
1,169 540
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,290 595
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,153 530
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,016 510
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,054 608
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,016 504
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,137 711
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Top Home Decor and Furniture Websites

22
1,216 642
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
984 502
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

24
1,107 496
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
777 430
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
1,052 777
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
841 424
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
933 571
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

29
998 819
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

30
884 543
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

31
1,047 438
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

32
999 458
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

33
912 493
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
728 539
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
884 399
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
781 440
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
826 648
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
714 733
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
661 388
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
656 277
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

41
743 565
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
587 492
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

The Best Metal Songs About Evil

43
749 620
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
784 599
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
749 615
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
672 608
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
488 299
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
554 352
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
578 413
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead

50
433 133
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden