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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.

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Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning 1984

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

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435 111
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets 1986

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.

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387 118
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
…and Justice for All 1988

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

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330 109
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Kill 'Em All 1983

1. Hit the Lights
2. The Four Horsemen
3. Motorbreath
4. Jump in the Fire
5. (Anesthesia)—Pulling Teeth
6. Whiplash
7. Phantom Lord
8. No Remorse
9. Seek & Destroy
10. Metal Militia

5
352 126
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Metallica 1991

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

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202 78
Hardwired... to Self Destruct is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Hardwired... to Self Destruct 2016

1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We're Dead
4. Moth into Flame
5. Dream No More
6. Halo on Fire

7
211 161
Death Magnetic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Death Magnetic 2008

1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred
4. The Day That Never Comes
5. All Nightmare Long
6. Cyanide
7. The Unforgiven III
8. The Judas Kiss
9. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse

8
197 165
Load is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Load 1996

1. Ain't My Bitch
2. 2 X 4
3. The House That Jack Built
4. Until It Sleeps
5. King Nothing
6.  Hero of the Day
7. Bleeding Me
8. Cure
9. Poor Twisted Me
10. Wasting My Hate
11. Mama Said
12. Thorn Within
13. Ronnie
14. The Outlaw Torn

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177 145
Garage Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Garage Inc. 1998

1. Free Speech for the Dumb
2. It's Electric
3. Sabbra Cadabra
4. Turn the Page
5. Die, Die My Darling
6. Loverman
7. Mercyful Fate
8. Astronomy
9. Whiskey in the Jar
10. Tuesday's Gone
11. The More I See

10
153 168
Reload is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Reload 1997

1. Fuel
2. The Memory Remains
3. Devil's Dance
4. The Unforgiven II   
5. Better than You
6. Slither
7. Carpe Diem Baby
8. Bad Seed
9. Where the Wild Things Are
10. Prince Charming
11. Low Man's Lyric
12. Attitude
13. Fixxxer

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36 53
S & M is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Paul Cummings added S & M 1999

1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. The Call of Ktulu
3. Master of Puppets
4. Of Wolf and Man
5. The Thing That Should Not Be
6. Fuel
7. The Memory Remains
8. No Leaf Clover
9. Hero of the Day
10. Devil's Dance
11. Bleeding Me
12. Nothing Else Matters
13. Until It Sleeps
14. For Whom the Bell Tolls
15. − Human
16. Wherever I May Roam
17. The Outlaw Torn
18. Sad but True
19. One
20. Enter Sandman
21. Battery

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108 259
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
St. Anger 2003

1. Frantic
2. St. Anger
3. Some Kind of Monster
4. Dirty Window
5. Invisible Kid
6. My World
7. Shoot Me Again
8. Sweet Amber
9. The Unnamed Feeling
10. Purify
11. All Within My Hands

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34 273
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
Lulu 2011

1. Brandenburg Gate
2. The View
3. Pumping Blood
4. Mistress Dread
5. Iced Honey
6. Cheat on Me
7. Frustration
8. Little Dog
9. Dragon
10. Junior Dad