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.
list ordered by

1
3,244 1,907
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
2,932 1,365
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
2,939 1,586
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
2,994 1,076
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,556 1,302
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,678 1,166
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,365 1,509
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,185 1,178
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2,280 840
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2,105 1,127
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,226 948
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

12
2,011 1,036
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

13
1,721 745
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
2,078 873
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,792 927
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,689 734
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,555 703
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,542 855
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,833 803
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,483 693
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,791 871
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,576 663
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

23
1,684 1,020
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,490 714
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,350 793
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

26
1,586 1,122
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Guns N' Roses

27
1,163 624
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

28
1,277 585
Diary of a Madman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

29
1,458 1,225
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

30
1,461 625
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

31
1,274 767
Countdown to Extinction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

32
1,395 652
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

33
1,084 787
Operation: Mindcrime is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Queensrÿche

34
1,256 708
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

35
1,261 920
Dirt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Alice in Chains

36
1,120 812
Far Beyond Driven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

37
1,114 626
Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

38
1,243 585
Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

39
1,212 839
Ænima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

40
1,081 1,017
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Rage Against the Machine

41
1,084 787
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Van Halen

42
1,037 467
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

43
954 573
Defenders of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

44
845 713
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Scorpions

45
1,027 849
Lateralus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Tool

46
1,054 825
Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Mötley Crüe

47
784 265
Killers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
orphean-caprica added Iron Maiden

48
795 526
Mob Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

49
802 741
Symbolic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Death

50
720 478
Sad Wings of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest