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The Best Metallica Albums of All Time

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Metallica aren't just one of the best metal bands of all time, but are also one of the best bands in history. List of the best Metallica albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Metallica discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Metallica albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Metallica singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Metallica album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Metallica album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Metallica album of all time?" or "What are the top Metallica albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List features Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning and more albums.

This list of popular Metallica CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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    1. Fight Fire with Fire
    2. Ride the Lightning
    3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
    4. Fade to Black
    5. Trapped Under Ice
    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death
    8. The Call of Ktulu

    • Release Date: 1984
    • Artist: Metallica
    • Tracks: Creeping Death, Escape, For Whom the Bell Tolls
    • Genres (Music): Speed metal, Thrash metal
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    1. Battery
    2. Master of Puppets
    3. The Thing That Should Not Be
    4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
    5. Disposable Heroes
    6. Leper Messiah
    7. Orion
    8. Damage, Inc.

    • Release Date: 1986
    • Artist: Metallica
    • Tracks: Master of Puppets, Damage, Inc.
    • Genres (Music): Thrash metal
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  • 1. Blackened
    2. ...And Justice for All
    3. Eye of the Beholder
    4. One
    5. The Shortest Straw
    6. Harvester of Sorrow
    7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
    8. To Live Is to Die
    9. Dyers Eve

    • Release Date: 1988
    • Artist: Metallica
    • Tracks: Harvester of Sorrow, Dyers Eve, Blackened
    • Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Thrash metal
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    1. Enter Sandman
    2. Sad but True
    3. Holier Than Thou
    4. The Unforgiven
    5. Wherever I May Roam
    6. Don't Tread on Me
    7. Through the Never
    8. Nothing Else Matters 

    9. Of Wolf and Man
    10. The God That Failed
    11. My Friend of Misery
    12. The Struggle Within

    • Release Date: 1991
    • Artist: Metallica
    • Tracks: Of Wolf and Man, Nothing Else Matters, The Unforgiven
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock
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