Albums The Top Metal Albums of All Time  

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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
3,367 1,587
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
2
3,707 2,224
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
3
3,389 1,806
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
4
3,414 1,269
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
5
3,166 1,339
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
6
2,918 1,500
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
7
2,752 1,708
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
2,504 1,359
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
9
2,621 953
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
2,563 1,059
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
11
2,345 1,160
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
12
2,439 1,292
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
13
2,332 1,004
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
14
1,987 857
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
15
1,798 809
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
16
1,921 848
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
17
2,069 1,054
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
18
2,075 906
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
19
1,770 981
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
20
1,720 805
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
21
1,806 762
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
22
2,056 987
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
23
1,942 1,176
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
24
1,681 809
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
25
1,532 899
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time