Top Ten Best Megadeth Albums


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Rust 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 word "classic" is used too often. Sometimes when somebody really likes an album they call it "classic". But in my opinion that word should only be used sparingly to refer to not only THE best albums of a particular genre but the ones that are just as engaging and impressive and meaningful as when they were released... And sometimes even more so. "Rust in Peace" is one of those precious few albums that truly must be called a classic.

If the album was an EP consisting only of "Holy Wars" and "Hangar 18" it should have been considered a masterpiece. But when taken as a whole, with all the songs included, it easily qualifies as a classic.

I enjoy all kinds of music, so I have in my head a list of "classic albums" that are so much better than other great albums that they're almost freaks of nature. "Brain Salad Surgery" by ELP, "Eden" by Sarah Brightman, "Who's Next", "Paranoid", "Take Me To Your Leader" by Newsboys, "Night at the Opera" by Queen, "Scheherazade & Other Stories" by Renaissance, and debut albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Van Halen... They're the ones that are the first to come to mind when fans of that genre discuss the greatest albums. The undisputed titans.

RIP is the one album that can never be surpassed by Megadeth, as talented as Mustaine and company are. Years ago Elton John acknowledged that he could never again make an album as good as "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Keith Richards has said the same thing about "Exile on Main Street" for many years. Those are the albums that were *meant* to happen somehow. Elton wrote and recorded the double album GYBR in less than 2 weeks. "Exile" was written and recorded in the midst of tremendous stress, chaos, and raging addiction. RIP seemed to just burst out of those 4 guys despite debilitating addiction and erratic behavior. It was simply meant to be.

That's how good "Rust in Peace" is.
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.
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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.


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



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...
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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!
Oh, I love this album. Captive Honour is such a mean track! :-)
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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!
One of the hardest, good for any mood
I voted for Endgame because I think it's better than Countdown to Extinction, which is incredible too. My top 5:
1. Rust in Peace
2. Peace Sells
3. Endgame
4. United Abominations
5. Countdown to Extinction
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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
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
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.
Awesome album better than endgame but endgames is awesome too
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6So Far, So Good...So What!
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".
Probally the most underrated album of all time. It's one of those albums that no matter how many times you listen to it, it remains completely awesome all the way through. Songs such as Set the World Afire, Hook in Mouth, and Set the World Afire are just awesome.
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7Killing 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
Looking Down the Cross



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
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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.


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!


This album is way better then anything after rust in peace.


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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


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

Enough said.
Washington is Next! Blessed are the dead! Sleepwalker!
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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.


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.
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.
This is a great album, It definitely deserves more credit
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The Contenders

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.
Just, pure amazement the whole ablum, non stop greatness
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12Super 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.
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13Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
This is not right it's the GREATEST HITS!

14Rude Awakening

15Capital Punishment

16Hidden Treasures
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!

17Still Alive... And Well?

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.
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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
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