Greatest Judas Priest Albums

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The Top Ten

1
Painkiller
BEST METAL ALBUM EVER. Well this is clearly the greatest metal album ever from the best metal band JUDAS PRIEST. Its only competition is defenders of the faith which is still quite far behind this
Song ranking
1. Touch of Evil (also my all time favorite song
2. PainKiller
3. Metal Meltdown
4. All Guns Blazing
5. Night Crawler
6. Hell Patrol
7. Shot at Glory
8. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
9. Leather Rebel
10. Living Bad Dreams
Solid album. I like every track on this album, but what really stands out to me is the self titled track, Pain Killer. I'd rank this within my top 10 metal tracks, a true eargasm.
I had heard a couple of Priest album despite my young age (6 years) But when I heard this I was completely blown away by the hard and fast paced sound, not to mention the darker themes. The production sounds as good today as it did back then.

A must have for any metal fan.
[Newest]No doubt, the best ever!


2Screaming for Vengeance
Hard to believe they put this out the year after Point of Entry (which is underrated by the way). To me this album cemented their legacy though they've continued to put out great music. From start to finish this is the best Priest album in my opinion.
Dont forget you've got another thing comin'!
Screaming for vengeance has no filler and no lowpoint. It is an unadulterated metal asswhooping! Not only the best Judas Priest album, but one of the top 10 metal albums ever!

3Sad Wings of Destiny
The best Judas Priest song for many reasons such as every single song ranging from very good to unbelievable. But the other main reason is for the simple fact that this is probably the greatest vocal performance ever achieved on an album. Rob Halford shows off his voice range through out every song. His voice is beautiful and this album is a showcase to that god like talent.

metalmaiden

The beginning of Judas Priest! I mean, Rocka Rolla was good, but not JUDAS-PRIEST-GOOD! Sad Wings of Destiny is the first album to include the Judas Priest landmark sound and Halford groundbreaking voice style that (in my opinion) set the ground and the rules for all heavy metal singers from here (1976) on!
The only Priest album that has an atmosphere in constant presence, a consistent effort in league of its own. in my humble opinion Priest have another two outstanding albums (Vengeance, Painkiller) which both are fun; here we have no filler material... (just killer tracks that have become classics over the course of time). A timeless record.

4Defenders of the Faith
Great songs like the sentinel and freewheel burning it makes me in goose pumps all time I hear this albums songs maybe greatest album ever made
One of my top metal albums from any band! Its got everything from screaming metal to great heavy rock. Love it!
The Sentinel is the best track on this album!

5British Steel
A ground-breaking record by the Metal Gods
Can't believe this is out of the top 3; certainly better than Screaming for me. Great tracks and quintessential Priest!
Best album of the year

6Stained Class
Dark, no fillers, and "Beyond the Realms of Death" is Priest's best song.
The twin lead guitars really get to shine here when compared to, for example, British Steel or Screaming for Vengeance and Beyond the Realms of Death is simply the best Priest song ever. Sound quality is honestly sometimes pretty bad (Saints in Hell, I'm looking at you) but THAT should not be a reason to not like the album

soturi570

Definitely needs to be in the top 3! Beyond the Realms of Death is one of the 5 greatest metal songs ever and the band's second greatest songs! 10/10! Les Binks was a great drummer, especially on the song Exciter!

7Hell Bent for Leather
I have this one, Actually it is called Killing Machine (the one I have on vinyl) and I really like this record. It got very nice songs like: Before the dawn, Running Wild, Hell Bent for Leather, Burnin' up. Good songs and very good vocals! It was my first record of Judas Priest! And it is still awesome! I can listen to it all-day. Judas Priest is still rocking of course!
I just got this album recently and was very impressed. The first song is a basic blues chord progession, but the speed and the volume are turned way up for maximum effect. Just full on energy, and then on the softer side, there is a song called "Before the Dawn. " Slow and somewhatsad as the emotion pours from Rob, and the guitar solo is brillinat---slow but very metallic. I am really kind of new to JP and am looking for more albums from them that rock hard like this one does.
Classic album and is a bit underrated on this list. My personal fave is Painkiller or British Steel but this is also quite good

8Sin After Sin
Solid record, Simon Phillips drumming makes a huge difference. Sin After Sin and Sad Wings were amazing albums.
You'll either like the stuff before Hell Bent or after. If you like Black Sabbath, UFO, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Rainbow, then you will like the earlier stuff. If you like Metallica, Ratt, and Motley Crue you will like the later.
Sin and Wings are FAR SUPERIOR to ANYTHING else they released in studio.
Best ever. then stained class. sad wings. ram it down, hell bent, turbo, defenders, screaming, and so on.

9Turbo
Are you nuts? This is on the list instead of British Steel?
Great glam metal from the Priest. Showing how dynamic this band can be. As with Painkiller four years later.

10Ram It Down
Come on, if you can get past the drum machine, you get a great album.
Non-Stop metal. This album is never a bore p, and is a vast improvement over the Turbo era.

The Contenders

11Angel of Retribution
Not the best in my opinion, but voting because it should be at least top 5.
The best thing they put out in the 21st century easily and I think it ranks up with the other hits like painkiller and such
Wow currently #14 on list, I guess a lot of people don't know this one because it's newer. Give it a few listens you'll be glad you did.

metalhank

I just love this album, so many good songs

12Redeemer of Souls
Should be 2nd only to painkiller. this album has some great heavy tracks such as "halls of valhalla", "battle cry", "march of the damned", and "redeemer of souls". actually all of the tracks are awesome, but these are the best. "beginning of the end" is a really epic song too, it just fits perfectly in this album.
The only reason this is far down is because it just came out. This album deserves to be in the top ten for sure.
This album establishes Halford as the true metal god. The best work of his illustrious career. Simply aeesome. Imagine if you wil three 60 something metal stars and a fairly new drummer and a brand new guitarist getting together and making there greatest work ever. Got it in your mibd yet? Good listen to this album and you'll hear it. Unbelievable!
[Newest]This album is very underrated.

13Rocka Rolla

14Nostradamus
HOW IS NOSTRADAMUS 13TH?! God, listen to the songs and then vote please. The songs are consistently good in this album, unlike stained glass, or hell bent for leather which have only a few great songs. British Steel is THE most overrated album. Breaking the law isn't great and nor as living after midnight. In Nostradamus, the eponymous song, prophesy, exiled, alone, visions, conquest... The list is endless.
Also vote for Angel Of Retribution - a heavy metal masterpiece. The eponymous song, judas rising, revolution. They characterize not Judas Priest but the heavy metal genre which this band is a pioneer of.
The whole way through, a great album. The concept really adds a mesmerizing element to it, and the songs are undeniably awesome. The only reason that it's underappreciated is because people don't TRY to listen to the newer stuff from decades-old metal bands. Same case with Iron Maiden, Overkill (who used to cover Priest), Motorhead and Testament (who have played alongside Priest).
Actually my favorite is Sad Wings of Destiny (an absolute heavy metal classic). But Nostradamus is my second favorite and I couldn't stand to see it at #15 so I voted for this. Already at Prophecy this is an epic record. All the songs have great lyrics and great melodies.

WILL YOU LIVE, WILL YOU DIE?
WILL YOUR WORLDS COLLIDE?
I AM NOSTRADAMUS!
THE HAND OF FATE!

15Demolition
This album has some killer tracks, but I'm not sure if they beat killer tracks from other albums; irregardless, this is probably Judas Priest's most solid album, only rivaled by Sad Wings of Destiny and Stained Class (to which Demolition beats both courtesy of production). Owens is great, the guitars sound excellent, and the drums are varied and support the music well.
The album was great, the reason it is not on top of the list it's because Ripper is the singer not Holford.

16Jugulator
A very underrated album, often given a poor rating because it's the first album missing Rob Halford and the style of the bands music was much heavier due in part to the long gap between this album and Painkiller. Tim Ripper Owens features on this album and delivers strong vocals, he's since gone on to front great band's such as Iced Earth, Beyond Fear and Dio Disciples. Songs like Burn in Hell, Blood Stained and the title track all being great examples.
Several aspects make the sound of this album - thrash, groove, speed, death, traditional, etc.. Judas Priest blends it perfectly and creates their heaviest album, a metal monster they unleashed on the world when it was thought heavy metal was a dying genre. Well, albums like this proved the world wrong.
Deserves far more attention. Demolition too, they're both great albums. Neither is the best, but just because they don't have Halford them it doesn't mean it's bad.

DesL42

[Newest]Kinda grabs ya by the poo poo, don't it?

17Point of Entry
Some people think Stained Class is Priest's most underrated album, however I think Point of Entry earns that merit. Sure, some of the songs don't have that Priest feel to them but nonetheless they are still good. Songs like Turning Circles, Solar Angels, Troubleshooter, and On The Run are very underrated gems. 8/10
15th, come on! Great songs: Heading Out To The highway, Hot rocking' and the rest are all very listenable. Deserves to be in top ten for sure

metalhank

This a really good album should be a lot higher than this

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