Metal The Top Metal Albums of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
320.6k votes 10.2k voters 153k views 3,391 items

List Rules Only metal bands

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
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
3,334 1,964
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

2
3,009 1,407
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

3
3,023 1,626
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

4
3,063 1,117
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

5
2,616 1,339
Reign in Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

6
2,761 1,203
Rust in Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Megadeth

7
2,427 1,541
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

8
2,240 1,199
Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

9
2,337 859
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

10
2,157 1,151
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Metallica

11
2,083 1,056
Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

12
2,290 966
Powerslave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

13
1,772 762
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

14
2,117 902
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
1,845 943
Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

16
1,720 749
Screaming for Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

17
1,599 718
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

18
1,587 875
Seasons in the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

19
1,876 821
Piece of Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Iron Maiden

20
1,529 707
Ace of Spades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Motörhead

21
1,843 881
Cowboys From Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
1,621 676
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

23
1,720 1,040
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time

24
1,519 727
British Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time
Judas Priest

25
1,386 808
South of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Metal Albums of All Time