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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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2,198 989
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,496 1,394
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,229 1,206
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,260 806
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,018 867
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,921 1,023
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,769 1,181
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,710 660
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,519 811
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,602 883
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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1,727 720
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,584 945
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,649 663
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,396 699
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

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1,275 579
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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1,266 569
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,128 551
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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1,406 636
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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1,135 659
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,108 550
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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1,256 776
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,080 543
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,323 694
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,195 523
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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863 464
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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1,103 899
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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920 462
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

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1,156 848
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 Most Ridiculous Album Covers In Metal History

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1,093 490
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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1,009 618
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,135 476
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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960 591
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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979 533
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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961 434
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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804 591
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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854 473
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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917 700
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

38
822 615
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

39
736 423
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

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793 787
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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824 669
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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736 323
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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864 658
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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633 542
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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820 657
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

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740 664
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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550 333
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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604 381
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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517 149
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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585 399
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden