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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1
2,928 1,631
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,572 1,191
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,616 1,396
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,641 952
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,350 1,017
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

6
2,226 1,167
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

7
2,077 1,353
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,003 740
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

9
1,876 1,064
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

10
1,752 926
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

11
1,861 997
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

12
1,969 835
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

13
1,864 770
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

14
1,512 652
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

15
1,596 811
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,475 652
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,326 632
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,337 761
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,606 722
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,284 612
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,304 630
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

22
1,559 779
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

23
1,462 908
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,382 594
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

25
1,017 538
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

26
1,363 988
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,078 529
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

28
1,165 709
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

29
1,247 574
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

30
1,296 555
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,279 1,069
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

32
1,109 672
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

33
1,116 626
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

34
1,092 820
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

35
1,092 520
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

36
938 689
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

37
961 910
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

38
981 548
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

39
953 710
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

40
1,051 761
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

41
956 743
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

42
848 501
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

43
877 405
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

44
745 634
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
900 761
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
934 736
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
701 457
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

48
646 211
Killers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

49
636 412
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

50
709 665
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death