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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
3,329 1,964
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
3,004 1,407
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
3,021 1,625
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
3,060 1,116
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,612 1,338
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,756 1,203
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,425 1,541
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,240 1,198
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2,334 859
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2,155 1,151
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,080 1,055
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

12
2,289 966
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

13
1,769 762
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
2,116 901
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,844 943
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,718 749
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,598 718
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,587 874
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,874 821
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,843 880
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
1,527 707
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

22
1,617 676
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

23
1,719 1,040
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,517 727
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,386 807
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time