Albums 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
3,599 2,146
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
2
3,262 1,528
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
3
3,276 1,754
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
4
3,310 1,222
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
5
3,045 1,294
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth
6
2,824 1,451
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
7
2,661 1,655
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
8
2,429 1,310
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
9
2,528 926
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
10
2,476 1,022
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
11
2,257 1,126
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
12
2,351 1,251
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica
13
2,258 965
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
14
1,921 824
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
15
1,853 812
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
16
1,990 1,016
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
17
1,732 776
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne
18
1,715 944
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
19
2,004 876
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden
20
1,665 763
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead
21
1,743 731
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
22
2,000 945
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
23
1,869 1,140
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
24
1,632 778
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest
25
1,484 871
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time