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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2,583 1,433
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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2,265 1,017
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
2,302 1,241
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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2,335 834
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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2,074 895
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

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1,975 1,050
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,833 1,218
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,765 673
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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1,558 832
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,652 903
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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1,636 968
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,770 744
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

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1,698 676
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,426 723
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

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1,321 590
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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1,309 581
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,169 562
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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1,445 649
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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1,174 676
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,146 560
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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1,306 804
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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1,370 710
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,112 558
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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1,225 535
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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890 474
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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954 468
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

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1,140 933
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

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1,200 866
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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1,124 501
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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1,169 483
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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1,035 636
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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987 602
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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1,000 547
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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833 609
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

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981 447
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

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876 488
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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951 724
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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848 628
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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827 809
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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756 433
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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848 683
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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771 337
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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906 678
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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651 558
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

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846 670
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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773 682
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

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566 346
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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622 392
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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546 158
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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604 411
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