Top Ten Best Megadeth Albums

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1Rust in Peace

The album starts with the killer riffs of Holy Wars,
Followed by the fast yet brilliant, 11 solo, Hangar 18.
Take No Prisoners follows, a good song but not up with the first 2. Then the 5 minute brilliance that is called 5 Magics. Now comes Poison is the Cure, 2:56 long song, short, awesome, WHY NOT LONGER!? Just when this album is looking good, it gets awesome with Lucretia, the most epically awesome epic song on RIP. What could possibly live up to that? Tornado of Souls just did. The best Megadeth solo ever written. Then comes Dawn Patrol, the 1:51 bass riff with a chilling voice. Then album ends on Rust in Peace... Polaris. In my opinion the worst song on Rust in Piece, however, ITS STILL AWESOME! 10/10

The only album good enough for me to buy the Vinyl, the CD, the T-shirt and the Guitar. This album is pure thrash perfection, a lot better than the Black Album that surpassed it. This album has a voice; Holy Wars... The Punishment due is about religion and the violence it causes, Hangar 18 about government conspiracies, Take No Prisoners about Political Corruption, Five Magics is about Interpretation itself, Poison was the cure is about Drug Abuse, Lucretia is about personal demons, Tornado of Souls is about lost love, Dawn Patrol is about the future we create and Rust in Peace... Polaris is about the end of it all. This album escalates like no other album, almost as if going in chronological order (with a few exceptions) from the ancient times to the end of the world. Anyway, I could go on about how much I love this album and I'm going to say this. This is their Magnum Opus.

While there have been more aggressive, faster, experimental thrash/metal albums out there, Rust in Peace and the Black album both make my all time Top 10 list. They brought this style of music to the masses which allowed all of us to do things more quickly and freely than if they had not been so successful. RIP is just phenomenal and Friedman set the standard for all other lead guitarists in this genre to follow. By the way, we all miss your playing Jason Becker.

Bigger than you, faster than you, BETTER THAN YOU

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2Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

Perfect album. I'd say this to be their best, and then Rust in Peace. The album starts off with Wake Up Dead, a song 3:37 seconds long, and has great progression. The 2nd track is called The Conjuring, a very evil and wicked but yet amazing song, and the hardest on this album. The 3rd song is everybody's favorite, and with the most memorable metal intros, and simply just awesome song- PEACE SELLS! The 4th song is Devils Island, a very catchy and yet again awesome song, then you know you can not avoid head banging to. Which song could easily compete with the awesomeness of Devils Island? Good Mourning/Black Friday just did, AKA the 5th song on this album. Then comes Bad Omen, for the 6th track, probably, I hate to say my least favorite song on this album, how ever it is still awesome! Number 7 is a great remake of a classic Blues song- I Ain't Superstitious. The last track, AKA 8, is My Last Words, just simply an awesome song with amazing an amazing guitar and bass riff. - HeavyMetalReviewer

Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
Ah good ol' mighty Peace Sells.
An album that made me change my view on many things in thrash metal about how a song must feel and sound.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn't listen to this album...yet.
Just go and buy it, download it, steal it, I don't care...just do it.
I will only ask you to listen to this at full blast and to be ready to get hooked by every song in this Masterpiece.
Megadeth's best work is right here.

Songs to listen to:
Wake Up Dead
The Conjuring
Peace Sells
Devils Island
Good Mourning/Black Friday
My Last Words

10+/10 - Devilbringer

The killer riff in the middle of "Wake Up Dead", the bass line in the classic title track, the diabolic mood of "The Conjuring", the violent "Good Mourning/Black Friday" and the thrilling end with the dramatic "My Last Worlds" show how technical thrash should be played. Megadeth at their best...

Not only is this Megadeth's best record but, the best thrash record every made... PERIOD!

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3Countdown to Extinction

I love all the songs they got in this album: Sweating Bullets, Symphony of Destruction, Skin O' My Teeth...

It's easily my favorite album from Megadeth, and in my opinion, the only album that I can compare to this one is Youthanasia. Rust in Peace is good, but I prefer the later stuff they have done (I know, I've got weird tastes in music :) )

Damn hard to choose from 'Rust', 'Countdown' and 'Youthanasia' as 90s was the golden Megadeth years in my humble opinion... But 'Countdown' just edges it for me! Absolutely unputdownable album from the first and till the very last song! Simply awesome! Bravo Megadeth!

Its the best Album of Megadeth for me! Every Song is perfect! Best moments are "Symphony of Destruction", "Foreclosure of a Dream", "Countdown to Extinction" and "Captive Honour". The Sound is Great!

This masterpiece contains some of the most underrated songs ever. - gemcloben

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4Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

This is one of, if not the very best debut of all time! This album is so raw and thrashy that it is unbelievable! Imagine listening to this when it first came out. This was the fastest music around. Last Rites/Loved to Deth has such an awesome scream at the beginning, and the riffs are amazing. Killing is My Business... And Business is Good has one of the coolest choruses ever. The Skull Beneath the Skin is a really cool slower song. These Boots is a really funny and upbeat cover of the stupid Nancy Sinatra song, but probably the worst on the album. Rattlehead is just so awesome and iconic. "RATTLE YOUR damn HEAD! " Chosen Ones is probably my least favorite of the original songs, but it is still great. Looking Down the Cross has a chilling intro, and it's a great song. The Mechanix was an awesome song that Dave wrote before he was even in Metallica, and this version, Mechanix, with the sped-up tempo is one of Megadeth's best songs of all time. Amazing album all around.

Oh man, the album that started it all, after the departure of Dave Mustaine from Metallica.
Maybe the most, raw thrash/speed album from Megadeth.
Many hate it because of the low production, but I guarantee that by the time the first song will start to play, you are gonna be blown away and your neck will break from all that furious headbanging you will going to do.

Songs to listen to:
Last Rites/Loved to Death
The Skull Beneath the Skin
Rattlehead
Looking Down the Cross
Mechanix

9/10 - Devilbringer

this the first album ever of megadeth and I think it is the best it has a lot of classics like killing is my business and business is good, rattlehead, these boots, the mechanix

Best thrash metal debut ever. The production is not very good. I tunes finally has it but the censored it, now it's a bunch of bleeping.

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5Youthanasia

Mustaine's best work; A tout le Monde, Blood of Heroes, Absolution, Addicted to Chaos and Victory. Rust in peace is the only other album that gets close

No other Megadeth album comes close to this as far as power, movement, progression and intensity. I love all Megadeth's albums (especially Peace Sells) but like I say none stack up to this one, greatest tracks include:Reconing Day
Addicted to Chaos
A Toute la Monde
Family Tree
I Thought I Knew it All

So many great songs, amazingly melodic and powerful, and not a dull moment. This is definitely their best album, followed closely by Countdown to Extinction. I love Rust in Peace and Peace Sells... (my next favorites, respectively) but this album is Megadeth at their finest.

While listening to this album, It grows upon you within you with all thrash and love. Top 3. - awanshrestha

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6So Far, So Good...So What!

This album is so underrated. The opener, 'Into the lungs of hell' is a prime example of this album's strengths; namely supreme technicality, blistering speed, and attitude. The debut had the speed, Peace Sells and Rust In Peace had the technicality, but none of those albums had attitude. 'Set The World Afire' and 'Anarchy in the UK' are prime examples of this album's political edge, which was to become a Megadeth staple in later years. The eerie 'Mary Jane' and the suicidal 'In My Darkest Hour' is proof that this album is diverse- Mary Jane is the eeriest thing Dave ever wrote, and In My Darkest Hour is truly depressing. '502' is the weakest track here, yet is an example of straight thrash, harkening back to 'Killing is My Business...'. Also, kudos for that cool stereo effect. 'Liar' and 'Hook In Mouth' demonstrate the extreme venom of this album, unmatched by any thrash outfit of the time. Liar is the furious rant directed at Chris Poland, and Hook In Mouth is the blunderbuss that smashes the PMRC. So, an excellent tracklist, each showing this album's strengths. Finally, that rough as hell production means this album sounds dirtier, darker and much heavier than just about any 80's thrash album, and certainly more than Peace Sells, let alone Rust In Peace. This is their best album, and that is that.

Why is this album so underrated? There are so many amazing songs on this album. It may not be the best, but it is way better than Endgame and Youthanasia. "Into the Lungs of Hell" is one of the best instrumentals ever. It feels like you are going into hell. Mary Jane is just epic. 502 is really fast and awesome. My Darkest Hour is touching and I like how it is dedicated to Cliff Burton (R.I.P. ). The other tracks aren't quite as good, but there are no songs on this album that I would not call good.

extremely underrated... world class shredding from Jeff Young and Dave Mustaine. Listen to "Mary Jane", "In My Darkest Hour", "Set the World Afire", and "Hook In Mouth".

Hands down the darkest and most progressive megadeth album ever

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7Endgame

My personal favorite album by Megadeth! I love Dialectic Chaos and Head Crusher! Amazing album!

1. Rust in Peace
2. Peace Sells
3. Endgame -> just great!

This is my second favorite Megadeth album behind Peace Sells. In the 80's and early 90's the Deth couldn't really put a foot wrong but the end of the 90's brought some below par releases. Fast forward to 2009 and Megadeth put themselves back on the map with this album. Fast and ferocious from the start arguably their heaviest album ever. Listen to Dialetic Chaos, This day we fight, Headcrusher and 1320 to see what I mean. At this time in their career questions were being asked by critics whether Megadeth were still relevant 25 years on? On this evidence ABSOLUTELY!

One of their best recent albums - gemcloben

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8The System Has Failed

Just as perfect as countdown or rust in peace. If you want to see mustaine's full potential as a songwriter and a guitarist then you should give this album a listen. It's certainly shows off Dave's classically influenced guitar playing and his diversity as a musician. Highlights: Back in the day, Die dead enough, kick the chair, of mice and men, the scorpion, and blackmail the universe.

Come one people. Of mice and men? Die dead enough? This voting system has failed this album and megadeth as a whole. - danielnemirovsky

Very, Very underrated album. I don't see why people never seem to consider it a classic. " Blackmail the Universe", "Kick the Chair", "Tears in a Vial", and "Back in the day" are amazing songs! - ThePassing

This album is so great. Every track is damn good. This album should be in top 5. - awanshrestha

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9United Abominations

Sleepwalker and Washington is next are just amazing, I love this album

By the far the best albummmmm. I love the early megadeth but this album brought them back baby United Abominations - dabulge

It features Cristina Scabbia, who has one of the most beautiful voices in the history of music.

Enough said.

Worst album ever. This is worse than RISK! How the hell this is number 9? Pathetic.

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10Cryptic Writings

One of their more underrated albums, the intro & build-up in "Trust" is killer, one of the best intros of all time, with Menza's amazing drum rhythms to back it up; other good songs include "She-Wolf", "A Secret Place", "I'll Get Even", "Mastermind" & "Almost Honest". More commercial, I know, but still a respectable album in their discography. - petrucci75hammet

1. Cryptic Writings
2. Youthanasia
3. Rust in Peace
4. The System Has Failed
5. Countdown to Extinction

Cryptic Writings is TOO GOOD and TOO UNDERRATED no other Megadeth album can muster the songs to beat the combined greatness of Trust, Almost Honest, I'll Get Even, and A Secret Place.

Its Very very underrated album. I think this album one of the best Megadeth albums like rust in peace, youthanasia, countdown to extinction, so far so good, killing is my business, system has failed, peace sells, endgame and other their albums) More commercial than others, but this album is worthy of respect. Melodic riffs and solos are great. Advice to novice fans of this thrash metal band to listen songs like she-wolf, masterind, secret place, vortex, trust, almost honest.

This album should be in top 5. - awanshrestha

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The Contenders

11Th1rt3en

I got this one too... And it's just... Great, for everything
Just listen to Millenium of the Blind, Sudden Death, what the hell inspired Dave in this song? awesome,
Then what... Black swan, new world order, whose life, deadly nightshade, we the people, fast lane, 13, public enemy N°1
This album should be top 4
clashing with RIP, Countdown and Youthanasia! Dave Mustaine rules, one of the greatest in metal history lml

What the hell? This album deserves to be in the top ten list. Just listen to thirteen and public enemy no. 1 and you'll get what I'm saying.

My favorite so far by megadeth. This album shows a great come back from a great band. This album showed megadeth is still going and can still kick ass. I think its highly underrated. For its worth.

A great album from start to finish. Love It!

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12Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

It's a good compilation, but nothing special. They literally just took all their singles, and left out some awesome tracks. Like Tornado of Souls. - IronSabbathPriest

This is not right it's the GREATEST HITS!

All their greatest hits, surely this is better than anything else. - gemcloben

13Hidden Treasures

Should be above Abominations, Collider, 13, System in fact any album after Cryptic Writings. Awesome album-compilation.

Definitely worth to be in top 5, even if it's not a real album, more of compilation of movie soundtracks, b-sides and covers.Will blew your mind!

Contains many great lesser known songs, way better than any post Cryptics albums.

14Rude Awakening
15Capital Punishment
16Still Alive... And Well?
17Super Collider

This just released and critic from fans and reviews are very negative, Maybe not their best, but this album is not bad at all. There are some parts in this album that can consider as good and you haven't heard it yet

This album has a lot of variation to show. It's almost as if it is trying to show the timeline of megadeth of the years. Recommended tracks- the whole album

I've listened to this album and it is actually not as bad as critics say it is; Kingmaker, Built for War, Dance in the rain, are pretty good. Not the best album but still has kick-ass songs.

Not their best, but not bad at all. - gemcloben

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18The World Needs a Hero

Extremely underrated album, a few unappreciated gems on here like Disconnect, 1000 Times Goodbye, Return to Hangar, Promises and Dread and the Fugitive Mind.

First album after marty's departure. Really brings out Mustaine's guitar work a lot and the album as an overall is real diverse. Disconnect is one of the best Megadeth songs with Return To Hangar and Promises.

Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Deserves to be higher. I would put this somewhere around number 10 out of the 14 studio albums.

Greatest album of Megadeth like THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO greatest song

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19Risk

The black sheep of Megadeth's discography. The hated album. Which, I get, yet I don't get. Sure, it is a departure from their style, but they had already been gradually moving away from thrash since Countdown to Extinction. This album reflects a lot of different styles and is much softer - and a lot more beautiful that most Megadeth albums. The production is killer as well - vocals are upfront, guitars sound great, the drums provide nice support, bass is a little buried, but is good.

Overall a great album. Fantastic, experimental songs that flow well.

This album is a lot softer than what Megadeth usually produces but it shows the different types of styles this band is capable of. Insomnia, Breadline, Ecstasy and Crush 'Em are classic songs with meaningful lyrics which need to be heard over and over again to understand what they are trying to get across.
For easy listening, this album is on the lighter side of Megadeth's abilities and is a classic.

Personal favourites: Breadline, Ecstasy & I'll Be There.

This album is underrated
People don't like it because it's a megadeth album and they expect them to play heavier music but what's wrong with doing a softer album as long as it sounds good
If it was an album of another rock band it would be looked as a good album, but because of the fact that it's a megadeth album, an album of a thrash band, people think it's bad just because it's not as heavy as their earlier work

No matter how hard I try, I can't listen to this album. - awanshrestha

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