Greatest Metal Albums

July 31, 2015 - Which is the best metal album ever? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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]Orion. Welcome Home (Sanitarium). Battery. Master of Puppets. REST IN PEACE CLIFF BURTON.


2Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
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


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.
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]Best album ever hallowed be thy name best metal song ever

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]Best metal album ever!
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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]So wicked album! MoP can't compare to this! So many epic songs in just one album! Incredible

5Black 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


6Black 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


7Painkiller - 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
Notice how this album is #6 in best metal albums but 4 in worst metal albums? But yeah, great album! Listen to the sing Painkiller. BADASS


Simply one of the best metal album ever.

8Slayer - 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]Non stop shredding guitars and double bass drums

9Metallica - ...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).

10Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one.


The Contenders

11Pantera - 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

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!

13Judas 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.


14Nightwish - 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!
One of the best albums! My favorite song of this album is definitely Stargazers! The old Nightwish is just amazing!


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.
[Newest]Epic, epic, epic! So skilled!

15Metallica - 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


16Exodus - 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.


17Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

18Megadeth - 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


19Avenged 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.
Anyone else notice this is on here twice? Just shows you how good it is.

20Metallica - 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?


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