Greatest Metal Albums

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The Top Ten

Metallica - Master of Puppets
I just love this amazing masterpiece. This is the album for me that made me realize Metallica was more than just ordinary (before this I only had And Justice for All and Black). Battery is my all time favorite Metallica song, every time I listen to this I always have a heck of a fun time listening to it. This album is so cool they should have had all songs on Guitar Hero Metallica (only 2 songs weren't: Leper Messiah and Damage Inc. ). This album is definitely the Master of Puppets.


Master of Puppets, Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Damage. inc, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, The Thing That Should Not Be, Orion, All classic songs!


I personaly prefer rust in peace, but this albums the best. I laugh at saint anger being ahead of reign in blood and all the other awesome bands beneath it.


[Newest]I have one word about this album, Yes!

2Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
This should really be number 1. I mean, Hallowed Be Thy Name is like Bohemian Rhapsody of heavy metal, The Number of the Beast is a killer song, The Prisoner, Run to the Hills, Invaders, 22 Acacia Avenue. Not a bad song on this album.
owns master of puppets
2.children of the damned-10/10
3.the prisoner-10/10
4.22 acacia avenue-9/10
5.number of the beast-10/10 to the hills-10/10
7.gangland-5/10 eclipse-7/10
9.hallowed be thy name-100/10


its not just hallowed be thy name run to the hills and tnotb it also has children of the damned 22 acacia avenue and the prisoner


[Newest]I don't know if I can pick number of the beast over killers, but I could pick it over master of puppets


3Megadeth - Rust in Peace
We most certainly had to have this one in the list. Certainly Megadeth's most intense 90s album. I like both the original and remixed/remastered versions equally... Actually, I like the original slightly more. I feel the re-recorded vocals on the remastered are underrated, they're kind of unique to listen to especially if you have the original one to compare with. 5 Magics, Take No Prisoners, Lucretia, and Rust in Peace... Polaris are the songs that have different vocal tracks from one edition to the other (just letting you know). I just love singing along with either version of 5 Magics every time. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due was so amazing too, I got to see that song live and that was their closure. Rock on!


Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Hanger 18, Take No Prisoners, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Lucretia, Tornado Of Souls, Rust in Peace... Polaris, Dawn Patrol, My Creation... I bet no other metal albums got the songs like this..


It makes me sad seeing Linkin Park on this list, never mind that people have voted it above Peace Sells... The Top 10's pretty good though.

For me, Rust in Peace just edges out the rest. Mustaine and Friedman were a match made in heaven, the songs are relentless throughout, with no gimmicks. Fantastic riffs and mind blowing solos, everything metal should be.
[Newest]Some of marty's best solos
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4Metallica - Ride the Lightning
This album is perfect. Every track track is great (even Escape). For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, the title track and The Call of Ktulu are what make this album the greatest metal album ever, on par with MoP. On an unrelated note, I love it how every person on this website who votes for anything related to Megadeth can't restrain themselves from saying that Metallica is the worst band ever and Megadeth is awesome and its a proven fact that Megadeth is better and blah blah blah. Grow up, Megafans. Quit trying to rewrite history. Metallica has always been the biggest, most influential, and best known metal band ever. If Megadeth is so much better, than why do a vast majority of people prefer Metallica. Because Metallica has better songs that more people like. Megafans always say "all true metal fans listen to Megadeth. " What do you mean, "true metal fans? " Is someone better because they listen to "better" music than someone else? Seriously Megafans, shut up and let people listen to what they want.
Your right. Megadeth never did and never will beat the old school Metallica.


Metallica in their prime. Songs like 'Fight Fire with Fire', 'Ride the Lightning'... And pretty much the rest of the album will entertain you with every listen. The tone of the sound in the production of this album is one of Metallica's most fierce and menacing compare to most of their productions... In a positive way. The sound fits all the music on Ride the Lightning nicely and perfectly.


Definitely the best of Metallica, except of Master of Puppets which is greatest album of all time. I mean, these songs are the fastest (Fight Fire With Fire, Creeping Death... Except of maybe few songs like Battery, Damage Inc. ,Whiplash and Metal Militia), solos are greatest (Creeping Death, Ride The Lightning, Fade To Black...)...
[Newest]Also one the best ever!

5Painkiller - Judas Priest
Priest classic heavy, aggressive release with grinding heavy riffs, Scott Travis brilliant drums, and of course the master of metal HALFORD whose voice no one can touch! Metal gods forever
Simply one of the best metal album ever.
Great! And Screaming for Vengeance #3
[Newest]One of the best metal songs ever

6Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one.


7Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Although there is albums more commercially successful than this one in the massive metal genre it should be number one because it's the most important metal album, whether you think this is black sabbaths best album or not it got metal on the map with classics such as: war pigs, paranoid and iron man. There are other awesome tracks on this album that get over looked such as planet caravan, electric funeral, and hand of doom. Without this album metal most likely would not be prevalent and a formidable force in music or even a genre really. This album is responsible for inspiring many people to pick up the guitar and go for that metal sound. If there was no paranoid or Sabbath, there would be none of the bands we enjoy such as Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Judas priest, Metallica, slayer, megadeth, anthrax, overkill, opeth etc. Think of all these artists are remember that if it wasn't for sabbath they would not be around and than you will vote for them to be #1
What!? Number 14!? This is the best album in the world! Without this album, there wouldn't be any Metallica, Megadeth, Nightwish, Judas Priest, or anything. This album is just legendary, just listen to it! Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots and so on... And Death Magnetic is higher? Yes it is the best Metallica album for last 15 years but there isn't any song, which could become a metal legend if recorded in the 70's. Black Sabbath is also the best band, not because they make the best music, but they invented whole heavy metal. Without bands like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath, there wouldn't be metal!

Just the best. Iron Man, War Pigs


[Newest]After creating metal with their self titled album, they revolutionised it with this one


8Metallica - ...And Justice for All
Metallica's finest hour without Cliff Burton (rest in peace, buddy). The volume of the bass in this is not as horrible as most think. I feel the bass is just perfectly audible with the guitars ripping through the air and the drums smacking like there isn't a tomorrow. Eye of the Beholder is one of the most wicked songs along with Blackened and the title song. Dyer's Eve is one of the most incredible closures of any Metallica album. One was really great, too. Frayed Ends of Sanity will drive you positively insane in a positively positive way. What are the other two songs? If you're a huge metal fan, you know what they are. ;) I'll give you a hint, The Shortest -----, and Harvester of ------. And there is also an instrumental linked to Dyer's Eve.


AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is metallica's greatest album
this album has no beat, though the base is slightly inaudible but other than that this album leaves great impact on everyone
The moto of the album is to show that how currupted this world is for money and justice is selled at the price of nothing
man u'll get to know what is GIFT OF GOD!
Best metal album ever released due to it's complexity and ridiculously heavy rhythm riffs and intricate solos. The bass is inaudible, but with the bass in there it makes it sound even more godly. Metallica is the greatest metal band in history, and one of the most influential, along with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. This album is surely the greatest metal album ever released. Master of Puppets is up there, though.
[Newest]A lot of albums contain one or two epic songs at most. This is made 100% of epics (or at least mini-epics).

9Slayer - Reign in Blood
Are ya crazy greatest metal album is 4 sure Slayer's reign in blood. I mean In Every Metal Magazine this LP is Nr 1, This Album set new rules for metal. Is The New World Order in Metal History


How is this place 103?
It should at least be in top 15 with songs like raining blood and angel of death
Greatest thrash album it's so raw and hardcore so METAL Thanks to Araya, King, Hanneman ( RIP) and Dave Lombardo
[Newest]At his time it was one of the most brutal thing around

10Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
This is #1 heavy metal album of all time. Deal with it. Iron Maiden and metallica are better than Sabbath NOW, but Black Sabbath just invented metal.
this definitely should be #1 because this album symbolises the birth of Metal music!


2nd best debut album ever


The Contenders

11Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Priests biggest seller filled with awesome riffs from the classic hellion intro taking you to a future not so unlike our own until you soar through the heavens riding like the wind... honestly I think defenders of the faith is even better don't get me wrong though, I put screaming for vengeance, defenders of the faith and painkiller in top 20 metal albums of all time


The greatest metal album start to finish ever made. Definition of metal.
The 4th best metal band must be here.


12Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
A master piece in metal. This will always be entertaining even after the end of time. Mr. Crowley and Crazy Train first appeared in this album I believe. And this album is extremely heavy especially if you listen to the copies with the original bass and drum tracks.


This is definitely one of the greatest music masterpieces in world history. This is also probably the only album of metal (Guns n Roses Use Your Illusion II is hard rock) that I am literally crazy for every song. Younger Ozzy with the guitar legend Randy Rhoads is nothing less than perfect.


The late great Randy Rhoads. One of the greatest guitarists in metal history...


[Newest]This is one of the greatest guitarists ever's masterpiece!

13Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
I understand albums like The number of the beast, Master of puppets and Rust in peace being the top 3, but this really should be in the top 5. Every song is a masterpiece and when combined make the greatest heavy metal album ever.
I can't believe this isn't in the top 5. I love Metallica and megadeth and priest and all the other bands whose albums are on the list, but this one is a masterpiece. Not a single bad song on the disc
Its a shame that this album is so low on the list. Easily the greatest metal album of all time and in my opinion the greatest album of all time, AND WHY THE HELL IS ANY LINKOLN PARK ALBUM AHEAD OF THIS THEY aren't EVEN METAL

14Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)
Um laugh out loud?
Why this is so down low? This Album is definitely one of the best I've ever heard. There's no question about it. Don't Understand it Through.
If you grew up in the seventies and eighties you would understand. cliff burton was gone. some people can not so simply be replaced. Metallica had become 75% Metallica on and justice to 50% on the the black album. though it may be may be the biggest selling metal album of all time it will never be considered the best not even top 10.


Can somebody explain to me why the greatest Metal band ever's best album ever is not number one on this list?


[Newest]The 2 best ballads ever


15Nightwish - Oceanborn
This album - a masterpiece! Combining operatic vocals, symphonic power metal, it became a cult classic and always will.
It's a real beautiful music!
Great album from the amazing Finnish band. A mixture of opera and metal. This is one of the best of their creations!
Best songs: Stargazers - the most difficult vocal part, Gethsemane, Swann heart, We walking in the air.
What a masterpiece. Tarja is truly one of the best female vocalists in this genre. I don't care what other people say, Tarja's voice DOES belong in this genre. Their Once and Imaginaerum albums are also amazing, but this was the first I saw.

16Metallica - Death Magnetic
It completely slaughters all other albums... why isn't rust in peace on the list, what about the divine reign in blood, the Metallica album surely deserves to be there more than ride the lightning
I forgave Metallica for st anger when I heard this


This is really a return on the right way to Metallica. Thrash is what they are, first four albums are the best moments in the metal history. After that, they had maybe two good albums, if happened that you like Black Album. The second good album after "... And Justice For All" was this album. It's such a great thing, real comeback. I mean, St. Anger wasn't that bad, but Load and ReLoad were awful :O Just listen to That Was Just Your Life and you will know what I'm talking about.
[Newest]Some peoples ears must bleed at night


17Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
Not better than the ultimate classics but it is the only REAL metal album of 2005 on, Avenged Sevenfold are also the only REAL HEAVY METAL band in the last 15 years
You are an idiot. They are not EVEN metal. They are actually modern rock.
Really this is not in the top ten. A7X really went nuts on this album especially the Rev and Synester Gates. Hello Bat Country, MIA, Beast and the Harlot. A7X is keeping metal alive.
Best album, metallica master of pupets is lose

18Exodus - Bonded by Blood
I think it's kool this old power metal album is 18 but it doesn't quite belong there musically. I could put it there for nostalgia's sake though. kirk hammett left this band to join Metallica after dave mustaine was fired. it's a raw power metal album with paul baloff, who had a punk influence, on vocals. the rhythms are decent and and the lyric content that of an angry young man like I was. pleasures of the flesh and fabulous disaster are both much higher quality musically.


19After Forever - After Forever
This self-titled album, I think the best not only in their work, but generally in female fronted metal. Power! Energy! Drive! And of course a stunning voice to the soul Floor Jansen. This masterpiece, which is 10 out of 10 points worth.
The self-titled album this wonderful group I think the best not only in their work, but generally in female fronted metal. Power! Energy! Drive! - This is so you can
Describe it. And of course a terrific imagination voice Floщr Jansen
A great strong powerful album!
Voice of the beautiful Floor Jansen is amazing and hearing. Of course, the best album of their career and iodine of the best in metal in general.

20Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

21Dream Theater - Images and Words
I would have to say that operation mindcrime by queensryche was my first album introducing me to a progressive style. that being said this album images and words would be my 2nd. a very solid work by all musicians involved. I first became intrigued hearing what I would later discover to be a hacked up radio version of pull me under. Ha d to have the album so I immediately went and bought the cd images and words. fan ever since amazingly taleted musicians I'm sure all would agree. their next album was even better


Was my path to the huge Field of Progressive Metal und Rock in General... But still one of the best Albums ever!
Much better than say, Dr. Feelgood which isn't even metal, or SoaD
[Newest]Should be 3, after Master Of Puppets and Rust In Peace.

22Symbolic - Death

23Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Raw hard and fast... a very good sophomore release after regrouping from being fired from san fran ciscos new thrash band Metallica. when mustaine sings killing is his business and business is good I believe him the riffs and rhythms seem designed to shred your brain into a juicy pulp from the compulsive headbanging and thrashing that occurs


24Metallica - Kill 'Em All
What in the world how are is Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning so high up and this is at 59. This shot be in the top 3 with them, this album was so influential to thrash and is one of the most celebrated metal albums to ever be released. This album is legendary!
The best album ever! Death magnetic above this?


25Tool - Aenima
I think this is one of the best progressive metal albums
Forty six & 2: need I say more?

26Manowar - Kings of Metal
This is real heavy metal! The heavist and the most powerful in this world! In my opinion this albom better than Master Of Puppets, no? Yeah! Listen this albom! Vote!
LOVE this album, they ARE the TRUE KINGS OF METAL. HAIL TO YA!

27Lamb of God - Sacrament

28Slayer - South of Heaven

29Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Classic! Although I would say it's more hard rock than metal...
Great sound, powerful songs, the two guitars harmonize beautifully and slash's solos on this album are legendary!
Too many great songs to make a toplist on this one

30Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Master of puppets over master of reality? I think not. Not even close.

31Dio - Holy Diver
What the - is this doing down here? Metallica is way overrated, this should be 2nd, Number of the beast should be 1st! This is so underrated!

32Dirt - Alice in Chains
Falls under the radar but this album is absolutely spectacular, there is not one track on here that I skip, always here this all the way through absolutely fantastic, if you don't have the time to throw on the track rooster and if you have already heard it throw on sick man, kinda what the overall feel of the album, very dark and mercy and downright depressing. But there are moments that just send chills down your spine.


There's no such thing as sludge metal but nice try sub genre lover.


Best sludge metal album ever.
[Newest]Yes they are a sludge metal band.

33Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

34All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot
All songs is awesome

35Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
The great Peace Sells. You won't regret listening to this. I love how the drums are on this album (loud and heavy). It's a great piece of history no doubt. Good Mourning/Black Friday is amazing regardless of the sinister lyrics in it. Peace Sells is one of the most well-known songs of metal to date. The Conjuring is mysterious and crazy. Overall, I recommend this to anyone, especially Megadeth fans. Oh, the remixed/remasterd edition is not bad at all (I love the intense bass), but be sure that you don't miss out on the original press (the drums on the original are way more booming).


162? Whats wrong with you people?
Best album for Mustaine as a singer

36Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
Brutal in every form. I would list some song names but they all kick major ass in their own way.

37Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

38Korn - Follow the Leader
This is the epitome of 90's metal.


Better then a lot of that crap up there"

39Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn

40Death - Human
The most Technical album in this list.


41Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time

42Kalmah - Swamplord
Probably the best melodies on the planet.

43Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2
Eagle Fly Free, Dr. Stein, I Want Out and The Title Track are all awesome songs.


44Machine Head - Unto the Locust

45Linkin Park - Living Things

46Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
This makes no sense. This album should be in the top 20 greatest metal albums


The title track is pure awesomeness. Dantes Inferno is their best song. Love this album.


47Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
How does this not get into the top 15 at least? This was one of the first albums to bring attention to groove metal and a lot of the bands you listen to today are influenced by this band. From Cemetary Gates to Domination, this album is just amazing!
An awesome album from start to finish. Domination is my favourite song for obvious reasons.


48Iced Earth - Horror Show

49Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

50Annihilator - Alice in Hell
This is a masterpiece (technical thrash). Riffs and solos are fast, technical and elegant.


51Machine Head - The Blackening

52Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
I checked the top 10 several times to come to the conclusion that this album really isn't in there. Which is hard to believe. Like Metallica, lately they have made fools of themselves. In my opinion, this is the best album ever made.

53In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor
I honestly can't believe I've had to add this myself, it's an absolute master piece and deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

54Hypnotize - System of a Down
I <3 this album so much System of a Down forever :D
Nothing can beat System of a Down EVER
#1~! And its gonna stay


55Them - King Diamond

56System of a Down - Toxicity
This is one of a kind!
This is the best album of all time! (In my opinion) Every song on this album is amazing E.G. Needles, Toxicity, Chop Suey!, Prison Song etc.


57Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth

58Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Dude this album is epic way better than anything avenged sevenfold ever did.
Yeah this list is sad

59Byzantine - And They Shall Take Up Serpents

60Judas Priest - British Steel

61Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight

62City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

63Korn - Issues

64Slipknot - Iowa
Linkin Park is above this Disasterpiece! (Pun intended)

65Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes

66Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

67Therion - Lemuria / Sirius B
This is the only good album from this pile of crap list

68Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll

69Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

70Byzantine - Fundamental Component

71Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt 1

72Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica

73Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta

74Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy

75The Madness Begins - Powermad

76Mind Funk - Mind Funk

77D'erlanger - Lazzaro

78Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness

79Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
I hate people who say "Master Of Puppets", yea it's a decent/good album, but its overrated. This Is a Masterpiece. Not a single song I consider filler. This is 100% masterpiece
Come on! It's A7X's most well-received album! It was #1 on Billboard! Come on!


80Anthrax - Among the Living
Should be much higher!

81Iron Maiden - Matter of Life and Death

82Stained Class - Judas Priest

83Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden

84Tool - Lateralus
Schism is my favourite song by Tool.


85Nightwish - Wishmaster
The pinnacle of music.

86Motorhead - Ace of Spades

8710000 Days - Tool
right in two, 10,000 days... the lyrics in this two songs.. incredible


It is one of the best metal album from one of the greatest band in history of metal
come on. vicarious, the pot, jambi

88Dark Tranquillity - Fiction

89Therion - Theli

90Norther - Dreams of Endless War

91Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

92The Human Contradiction - Delain

93Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

94Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake

95Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

96Opeth - Blackwater Park

97Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
It is the greatest progressive metal album in all of history. Great lyrics, storyline, and obviously instrumental by the gods dream theater. Listen to it, and you'll forget any other band exists :P. Truly deserves a top 10 spot.
MASTERPIECE! Nicholas, Victoria And The Hypnotherapist, Such A Great Story
Before you vote. Make sure you listen to this album as well.


98Brave New World
Awesome comeback album by Iron Maiden. There is not a single song that I don't like!


What an awesome comeback album. I love the new style of Maiden post-90s, more melodic and progressive! This album should be at least in the top 15 or 20

99One X - Three Days Grace

100Rising - Rainbow

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