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

Great album. Personal favorite close with this and peace sells but overall legendary album. - luluisro

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.

The only album I like from Megadeth.

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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...

Album perfect!

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3Countdown to Extinction

Dave Mustaine has a gift. No other metal artist has produced so many great songs with such reliability. This album is evidence--track after track of amazement. When Metallica relaxed its sound with the "Black Album", Megadeth answered with this tight, powerful, supremely tailored masterwork. Unlike the frenetic compositions of the masterpiece "Rust in Peace", this album is controlled and focused like the strikes of a prize fighter, and with familiar, comfortable arrangements for the musically timid.

It's a shame because people who think "Black Album" was so great probably can't even name three tracks off the cuff. Fans of Countdown can name almost every track, because Mustaine made every one unique while maintaining stylistic similarity, while Marty punctuated each composition with face-melting leads. Nick Menza slammed his kit so hard Lars felt it miles away, and David Ellefson does what he does best: smoke the fretboard like the virtuoso he is.

Flawless victory.

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 :) )

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!

Exactly the spot where this album belongs. Awesome stuff!

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4So 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 ...more

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".

Dave is thinking about songs, not just technique. The vocal and music are in harmony. Example the hook in mouth or liar. This is the best vocal from Dave

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5Killing 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.

My obsolete favorite Megadeth album, I mean people this is the first thing they ever put out and they only spent 8 thousand dollars in production, well 4 thousand since half of the 8 went straight into their bodies. So raw, so unfiltered, if you are looking for pure speed in your face thrash domination look no further. Yes Rust in peace is more polished, and countdown has more "hit singles", I'm not saying that people who love countdown the most are false or poser Megadeth fans, alls I'm saying is there is a few different kinds of Megadeth, they evolved more or less and this and So Far are the most brutal by far, and if you are a speed metal fan this has to be in your top three. Pure go yourself thrash. I don't care if they were high or not, if they spend a lot of money or not they put their outstanding talent on display and dollars to donuts this far surpasses Metallica as far as their fast original thrash goes. Before MTV or the radio it was underground fans who passed ...more

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
Looking Down the Cross

9/10 - Devilbringer

So raw and powerful

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

Come on! This has to be in the top 3 at least! There's not a single 'okay' song. With absolute masterpieces like Head Crusher, 44 Minutes, How The Story Ends, Bodies, Bite The Hand, The Hardest Part..., The Right To Go Insane, Endgame... (literally the entire album) you really can't ignore the fact that this is easily one of the best metal albums of the decade. Give the ENTIRE album a listen before voting you will see it automatically rising to the top (at least top 3). If this album was released in 1986, it would be as well-respected as PSBWB currently is and you will know that this is not a joke after you give it a shot.

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!

This is a perfect album I wish their ones after this were as good - Sabbath

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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

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.

I love the songs in this album they sound awesome. The only album that Is better is Rust in Peace. If you like this album you should check out The System has Failed. My favorite track on this album is all of them.

This effort features a more balanced approach to the song-writing, with every member making worthwhile contributions within a technically-accomplished yet straight-forward pop metal sound. - JR302

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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

The most underrated Deth album ever... Dave back with a vengeance and something to prove, most thoughtful, well written lyrics ever, the man definitely had something to say here...

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I loved 6 songs right off the bat but Dystopia took a few listens to like Death from Within &
Bullet to the Brain (mostly because I didn't like the choruses). Conquer or Die & Lying in State are modern Megadeth masterpieces. I'd rank Dystopia as follows:

1. Rust In Peace
2. Peace Sells
3. Countdown To Extinction
4. System Has Failed
5. Youthanasia
6. Killing Is My Business
7. Endgame
8. Dystopia
9. So Far, So Good, So What
10. Thirteen
11. Hidden Treasures
12. United Abominations
13. Cryptic Writings
14. The World Needs A Hero
15. Risk
16. Super Collider

This is the BEST album since Youthanasia!

Old Megadeth is back!

Great riffs, awesome solos, Kiko kicks a$$ and Adler is a beast at the drums. The Daves are great as usual. No fillers in this album. Although the last song ('Foreign Policy' from punk band Fear) feels out of place, and it is an odd way to close this album.

If you are die-hard fan of Megadeth you WILL love this album. Thrash enthusiasts will be pleased as well.

They did it again!


Fatal Illusion was a great song that sounded like it came from the soundtrack from a dark, horror movie. The Threat Is Real had a great intro, but slowly started to get less good, but still, with a few solos, which includes the really good one at the near end, both are about as good.

So far this looks like its going to be the best album since Youthanasia.

Freshest Megadeth album in a long time. Way better than System Has Failed and Endgame in my opinion.

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10United Abominations

This is their best album. All the songs are incredible, combining their classic metal style of Countdown to Extinction and their thrash style of Rust in Peace to make something really really good. All the songs have something great to offer, and this album does include some of the bands best songs ever (Amerikhastan, Burnt Ice, the title track, Washington Is Next! ). There are lots of awesome solos that make you uncontrollably headbang. There's also plenty of moments that will let you stop and breathe for a second (key word: a second) which show depth and make the album more incredible for all sides of Megadeth. Plus the lyrics are also really good, very political and very good. Pumping bass, pounding drums, shredding guitars, awesome album. 11/10 from me.

This is my 2nd favorite album and it really shows what is happening with our twisted government. Sleepwalker and Washington is next are awesome.

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

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

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11Cryptic 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

How come United Abominations and Thirteen are before this amasing masterpiece..? Obviously is different but all songs are great.. I think Dave really put all his creativity in the music of this album is really easy to listen, lets be honest after a while of listening loud noises liked trash metal your ears get tired, don't get me wrong I love trash metal but is not the type of music you want to listen all day.. I listen all kinds of music depending on the mood, but this album is more melodic and still heavy. My favorite is Vortex.

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.

My first Megadeth album! Listening since it was released, love it to this day. Bit of a mixed bag, still better than most of their later stuff.

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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.

Just bought Th1rt3en... EPIC! Absolutely love New World Order, Black Swan, Sudden Death, and Public Enemy No. 1.. It's top 6 at least for me.

A great album from start to finish. Love It!

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13Greatest 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

14Hidden 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!

Why THIS ONE is so low? Should be about lie 6-7 positions higher. Contains so many classics!

This is a classic 99 ways to die!

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15Rude Awakening

I love Rude Awakening! My favorite song is Angry Again!

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19Super 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 gets way more hate than it deserves, there's not a bad song on this album and it's fairly diverse, it had the right amount of experimentation while Risk had a little too much experimentation. I've even seen complaints about the banjo in The Blackest Crow, really? What's wrong with a banjo intro? Nothing in my opinion - Derrick_Fox

Definitely not the best Megadeth album around. But This is still better than that Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration album (Lulu).

Not their best but still have some great tracks! The song Super Collider is the best in my opinion.

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20The 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.

This album needs way more credit for its amazing tracks, there are a few tracks that aren't that good but beside that it is awesome. The actual song The World Needs a Hero is right on!

Their most underrated album! "Dread And The Fugitive Mind", "Disconnect", "Moto Psycho", "Return To Hangar", "Recipe For Hate... Warhorse"... All great songs, should be higher.

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