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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.
list ordered by

1
2,424 1,105
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

2
2,763 1,531
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

3
2,453 1,322
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,487 886
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,226 950
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,085 1,111
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,949 1,286
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
1,883 703
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,751 1,010
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,655 877
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,870 779
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
1,736 956
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

13
1,779 717
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,513 760
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

15
1,408 618
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

16
1,387 614
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,246 592
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,518 678
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

19
1,238 719
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
1,227 591
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

21
1,457 740
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,185 583
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

23
1,375 856
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,296 562
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
949 504
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,283 915
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,011 488
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,093 667
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,185 531
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

30
1,226 511
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,208 994
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,042 631
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,055 582
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,038 478
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

35
1,015 770
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
879 649
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
898 852
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
925 513
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
894 666
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
802 464
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

41
815 366
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
973 717
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

43
893 708
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
689 600
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
841 714
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
885 699
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
599 375
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

48
592 180
Killers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

49
656 420
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
672 619
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death