Metal 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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2,695 1,480
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

2
2,366 1,069
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,399 1,282
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
2,429 859
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,167 922
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

6
2,038 1,086
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,903 1,254
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,832 686
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,700 988
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,610 853
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,825 759
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,697 928
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

13
1,741 696
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,477 741
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
1,363 602
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

16
1,351 595
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,204 578
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,483 664
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

19
1,204 698
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,184 579
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

21
1,416 725
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,150 571
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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1,341 829
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,258 548
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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919 485
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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1,248 889
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

27
977 479
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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1,065 652
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,158 514
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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1,175 964
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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1,197 497
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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1,018 613
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,029 566
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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1,012 459
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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986 747
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

36
856 629
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

37
869 831
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

38
898 504
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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868 650
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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778 448
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

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790 350
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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945 697
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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869 696
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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668 578
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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814 697
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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863 686
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

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584 359
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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638 404
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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571 170
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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650 606
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Symbolic Death