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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
3,017 1,708
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,670 1,239
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,707 1,448
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,727 991
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,308 1,204
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,439 1,060
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,152 1,398
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,081 764
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,949 1,103
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,926 1,032
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,030 875
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,816 959
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,566 674
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
1,904 806
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,650 836
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,388 783
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,518 677
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,375 652
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,665 749
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,439 603
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

21
1,612 806
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,323 629
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,348 651
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

24
1,515 941
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
1,212 733
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
1,058 556
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

27
1,405 1,030
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

28
1,128 542
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,329 1,115
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,340 578
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,283 600
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

32
1,139 700
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,156 652
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
979 704
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

35
1,123 852
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,013 571
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,128 542
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

38
988 763
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
981 945
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

40
1,077 787
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

41
985 732
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
879 513
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
913 427
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
772 650
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
926 787
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
963 758
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
726 477
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
663 430
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
743 683
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
678 234
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden