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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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1,800 959
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
1,522 692
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

3
1,616 869
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

4
1,589 566
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
1,392 725
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
1,286 835
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
1,396 614
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rust in Peace Megadeth

8
1,207 486
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

9
1,069 608
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,143 644
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All Metallica

11
1,235 545
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Powerslave Iron Maiden

12
1,080 730
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,224 491
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,035 507
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Painkiller Judas Priest

15
792 395
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
British Steel Judas Priest

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16
1,011 501
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Piece of Mind Iron Maiden

17
779 404
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
913 449
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

19
923 425
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

20
822 487
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

21
749 393
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ace of Spades Motörhead

22
866 560
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
895 413
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath

24
946 534
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

25
646 342
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne

26
598 339
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath

27
740 386
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

28
748 468
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
855 352
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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30
805 383
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

31
778 651
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica Metallica

32
704 442
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
805 643
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

34
706 310
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden

35
572 432
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche

36
606 364
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
544 587
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
521 298
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest

39
474 394
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Blackout Scorpions

40
632 554
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

41
582 468
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

42
624 503
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe

43
473 191
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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569 524
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

45
597 479
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

46
383 213
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest

47
513 484
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Lateralus Tool

48
443 268
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mob Rules Black Sabbath

49
434 253
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden

50
472 337
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Overkill Motörhead