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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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2,210 998
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

2
2,514 1,402
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

3
2,243 1,214
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,284 810
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,029 872
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
1,932 1,029
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,781 1,190
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,720 665
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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1,531 815
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,737 727
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,609 891
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

12
1,599 951
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,664 664
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,403 704
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,287 581
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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1,275 571
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,139 552
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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1,418 639
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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1,144 665
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,120 552
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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1,271 780
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

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1,340 698
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,087 548
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

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1,205 527
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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870 468
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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1,111 911
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

27
932 463
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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1,170 849
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 Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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1,101 494
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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1,148 477
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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1,017 623
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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968 594
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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984 538
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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969 438
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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812 596
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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859 480
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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925 708
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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828 622
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

39
744 426
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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799 797
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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831 675
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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749 326
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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871 668
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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638 547
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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827 661
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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745 673
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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554 339
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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610 385
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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526 151
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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592 401
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