Greatest Judas Priest Albums


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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

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.

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.

" Really good album

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2Screaming for Vengeance

If you thought this was the best album, then you've got another thing coming. First there was British Steel, and then there was Painkiller. Then there was Defenders of the Faith. If you think this was the best album, then do not start screaming 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'!

Every song is just an awesome song here.

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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.

One of the best albums ever.

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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!

After Painkiller it's the best Judas Priest's album. The Sentinel, Freewheel Burning, Rock Hard Ride Free - epic songs! M/

Literally every song kicks ass in its own unique way.

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5British Steel

This album defines Judas Priest's best work. Plus, Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight are two of the most famous songs Priest has, and Metal Gods is terrific as well. Why the heck is this album #5?! Makes no sense. It has to be their number 1

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!

I don't get it; this is definitely their best album

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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!

This is their best album!

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7Redeemer of Souls

The only reason this is far down is because it just came out. This album deserves to be in the top ten for sure.

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.

Hell and back is awesome too. At least you recognize how amazing this album is. - Sabbath

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!

Secrets of the Dead

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8Hell 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!

Unquestionably Judas Priest's best album of the 70's. It's where they defined their general sound and atmosphere, mixing the unrelenting instrumental attack of Stained Class with the Halford-centric British Steel. All classics from beginning to end. And zero filler.

This is when Judas Priest started to change their music, into what it was in the 80s, and I heard Hell Bent for Leather was the heaviest Judas Priest song at the time, and if not, Victim of Changes. Back when Judas Priest had 70s albums like Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings of Destiny, an Stained Class, this is when they go from their old heavy metal style, into a new hard rock feel, with lots of hits. While this album still has a little touch of Stained Class, its mostly like newer albums such as British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance. - AggressiveBlaze

This was my first Judas Priest Album. It was so unique and powerful. The Dueling guitars changed my life. My friends thought they had 2 singers in the band. Rob is God, his vocals are impeccable!

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9Sin 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.

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Great glam metal from the Priest. Showing how dynamic this band can be. As with Painkiller four years later.

Are you nuts? This is on the list instead of British Steel?

One of the few that likes this a lot. Hey it's was the 80's

The Contenders

11Ram It Down

Has always been badly underrated because it's sandwiched between the most hated (Turbo) and most loved (Painkiller) albums of Priest's discography.

Drum machine? No problem. Most energetic album along with Painkiller. True heavy metal sound and expression.

Come on, if you can get past the drum machine, you get a great album.

All those solos!

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12Angel of Retribution

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

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

Better then both turbo and ram it down though they were pretty good

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13Killing Machine

Killing machine and hell bent for leather are the same albums duh! - Sabbath

It would have been in the top five if the votes were not split

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14Rocka Rolla

Their most underrated album. Listen to Rocka Rolla, Never Satisfied, Run Of The Mill, and One For The Road.

No love for Rocka Rolla? Classic 70s Priest with more interesting and creative songs than in the 80s (not saying those were bad)

15Unleashed In the East

'Unleashed in the studio' it may be - but it's still Priest's best work.

One of the best live album of its era
The best line up I feel too?
Halford, downing, tipton, binks and hill

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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.


This is an absolute masterpiece. The only reason it isn't ranked higher is there isn't enough tired old 80's riffs for voters to shake their mullet's to.

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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

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

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18Point 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

This is just plain old rock and roll - very underrated. My fave.

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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.

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1. Defenders of the Faith
2. Screaming for Vengeance
3. Painkiller
1. Screaming for Vengeance
2. Sad Wings of Destiny
3. British Steel
1. Screaming for Vengeance
2. Angel of Retribution
3. Redeemer of Souls

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