Albums The Best Metallica Albums of All Time  

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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.

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. 

Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
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1 663 VOTES

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., Battery, Disposable Heroes, + more

Genres (Music): Thrash metal

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#79 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

#2 on The Top Metal Albums of All Time

#16 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

#16 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
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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, Fight Fire With Fire, The Call of Ktulu, + more

Genres (Music): Speed metal, Thrash metal

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#11 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#3 on The Top Metal Albums of All Time

#43 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

#29 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
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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, To Live Is to Die, The Frayed Ends of Sanity, + more

Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Thrash metal

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#7 on The Top Metal Albums of All Time

#44 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metallica Albums of All Time
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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, My Friend of Misery, Through the Never, + more

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock

Also Ranked

#31 on The Top Metal Albums of All Time

#4 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

#37 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

#26 on What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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