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The Best Metallica Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 19.7k votes 3.1k voters 22.8k views13 items

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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. 

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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. 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. 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. 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

    • Release Date: 1983
    • Artist: Metallica
    • Tracks: Metal Militia, Motorbreath, (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth
    • Genres (Music): Speed metal, Thrash metal
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