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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
3,049 1,742
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,706 1,262
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,737 1,475
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,759 1,009
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,477 1,075
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,339 1,225
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
2,182 1,423
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,112 778
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,984 1,115
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,952 1,050
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,062 884
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,849 966
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,593 689
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
1,935 813
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,674 846
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,547 681
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,403 798
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

18
1,399 660
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

19
1,686 755
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,459 613
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

21
1,634 819
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,346 638
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,370 657
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

24
1,542 952
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
1,228 745
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
1,074 564
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

27
1,430 1,046
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

28
1,150 546
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,349 1,129
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,359 585
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,295 609
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

32
1,157 710
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,164 662
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
989 714
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

35
1,143 860
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,026 575
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,139 548
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

38
1,006 770
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
1,092 795
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

40
994 956
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

41
1,001 738
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
887 520
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
934 431
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
784 655
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
937 795
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
974 766
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
733 482
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
671 437
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

49
749 691
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
688 238
Killers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden