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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
2,353 1,300
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
2,054 915
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,100 1,125
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,133 742
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,895 803
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,811 958
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,667 1,107
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,600 621
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,428 760
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,636 670
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

11
1,507 833
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

12
1,482 891
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,560 619
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,320 652
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
1,200 546
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,328 599
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
1,175 539
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,046 516
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,082 617
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,037 515
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,163 729
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Very Best Flavors of Yoplait Yogurt

22
1,010 509
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

23
1,244 655
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,127 504
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

25
802 438
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
859 431
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

27
1,076 794
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

28
953 581
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Most Ridiculous Album Covers In Metal History

29
1,029 461
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

30
1,023 843
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

31
1,070 443
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

32
901 554
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
929 499
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
752 548
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

35
903 404
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
801 447
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
849 662
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
736 746
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
677 393
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
765 574
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

41
677 287
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
767 633
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About War

43
595 503
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

44
807 616
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

45
767 622
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
689 623
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

47
505 306
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
568 358
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
459 134
Killers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Killers Iron Maiden

50
595 416
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead