Top Ten Best Megadeth Albums

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The Top Ten

1 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

Great album. Personal favorite close with this and peace sells but overall legendary album. - luluisro

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 ...more

The most overrated album of all time. I'm not a fan of Metallica either, but Masters of Puppets and Ride The Lightning have much better musicianship than this pathetic garbage. I've never been able to understand what's so special about it --- the riffs are boring, the horror vocals, and the untimely pretentious solo, and display of technical skills, all make me cringe to the max. I do agree it has some great moments in Hangar 18, but besides that 90% of this album is filled with tedious and dull compositions. Basically the album has got no soul, and it was simply created to display Mustaine's guitar skills as a middle finger gesture to Metallica, not to make something sound even remotely closer to music. - Vip3r

The best metal album of all time. Period.

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2 Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

To me, Rust in Peace is not as solid as Peace Sells is

Holy Wars, Hangar 18 and Tornado of Souls are the best and biggeat Megadeth songs, no doubt.
Lucretia, Five Magics and Poison Was the Cure are very solid and intersting songs too
I like these 6 songs for making Megadeth more melodic and more lively than they've been before
But Take No Prisoners, Dawn Patrol and Polaris sound like such a filler to me!
At least they are not nearly as interesting as the other 6
But Peace Sells?
My God, such a solid set of songs
So many interesting riffs, so many innovative solos
Although Mustaine's drug and alcohol abuse made album sound so depressive

This was the album that started it all and it was the best of all of them.

Rust in Peace is a terrific thrash album no doubt. But Peace Sells is a monumental thrash album, along with Ride the Lighting and Master of Puppets. This is one of the few Megadeth records I can listen to from start to finish.

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. - HeavyMetalReviewer

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3 Countdown to Extinction

This album is overrated big time. It wasn't a thrash metal album and Megadeth has much better albums then this. - Sabbath

Dave Mustaine has a gift. No other metal artist has produced so many great songs with such reliability. This album is evidence--track after track of amazement. When Metallica relaxed its sound with the "Black Album", Megadeth answered with this tight, powerful, supremely tailored masterwork. Unlike the frenetic compositions of the masterpiece "Rust in Peace", this album is controlled and focused like the strikes of a prize fighter, and with familiar, comfortable arrangements for the musically timid.

It's a shame because people who think "Black Album" was so great probably can't even name three tracks off the cuff. Fans of Countdown can name almost every track, because Mustaine made every one unique while maintaining stylistic similarity, while Marty punctuated each composition with face-melting leads. Nick Menza slammed his kit so hard Lars felt it miles away, and David Ellefson does what he does best: smoke the fretboard like the virtuoso he is.

Flawless victory.

"It's a shame because people who think "Black Album" was so great probably can't even name three tracks off the cuff."

Replace three with six and it is correct. The black album has five hit singles. - Alkadikce

A great album even though I'm generally not even a metal fan.

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 :) )

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4 So Far, So Good...So What!

This album is so underrated. The opener, 'Into the lungs of hell' is a prime example of this album's strengths; namely supreme technicality, blistering speed, and attitude. The debut had the speed, Peace Sells and Rust In Peace had the technicality, but none of those albums had attitude. 'Set The World Afire' and 'Anarchy in the UK' are prime examples of this album's political edge, which was to become a Megadeth staple in later years. The eerie 'Mary Jane' and the suicidal 'In My Darkest Hour' is proof that this album is diverse- Mary Jane is the eeriest thing Dave ever wrote, and In My Darkest Hour is truly depressing. '502' is the weakest track here, yet is an example of straight thrash, harkening back to 'Killing is My Business...'. Also, kudos for that cool stereo effect. 'Liar' and 'Hook In Mouth' demonstrate the extreme venom of this album, unmatched by any thrash outfit of the time. Liar is the furious rant directed at Chris Poland, and Hook In Mouth is the blunderbuss that ...more

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".

The raw spirit of Megadeth. It was to forever be overshadowed by the more technical and polished Peace Sells and Rust In Peace. However, that inferiority in technicality and production means this album really is a kick in the nuts, as opposed to the slap in the face of Peace Sells or the sterility of Rust in Peace. It has heaps of attitude, like the debut, but is teamed with experience.

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5 Killing 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.

My obsolete favorite Megadeth album, I mean people this is the first thing they ever put out and they only spent 8 thousand dollars in production, well 4 thousand since half of the 8 went straight into their bodies. So raw, so unfiltered, if you are looking for pure speed in your face thrash domination look no further. Yes Rust in peace is more polished, and countdown has more "hit singles", I'm not saying that people who love countdown the most are false or poser Megadeth fans, alls I'm saying is there is a few different kinds of Megadeth, they evolved more or less and this and So Far are the most brutal by far, and if you are a speed metal fan this has to be in your top three. Pure go yourself thrash. I don't care if they were high or not, if they spend a lot of money or not they put their outstanding talent on display and dollars to donuts this far surpasses Metallica as far as their fast original thrash goes. Before MTV or the radio it was underground fans who passed ...more

The angriest album I’ve ever heard - benreidy100

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
Rattlehead
Looking Down the Cross
Mechanix

9/10 - Devilbringer

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6 Endgame

My personal favorite album by Megadeth! I love Dialectic Chaos and Head Crusher! Amazing album!

Come on! This has to be in the top 3 at least! There's not a single 'okay' song. With absolute masterpieces like Head Crusher, 44 Minutes, How The Story Ends, Bodies, Bite The Hand, The Hardest Part..., The Right To Go Insane, Endgame... (literally the entire album) you really can't ignore the fact that this is easily one of the best metal albums of the decade. Give the ENTIRE album a listen before voting you will see it automatically rising to the top (at least top 3). If this album was released in 1986, it would be as well-respected as PSBWB currently is and you will know that this is not a joke after you give it a shot.

Endgame is better then overrated Countdown. It's 10 times more thrilling - Sabbath

This is my second favorite Megadeth album behind Peace Sells. In the 80's and early 90's the Deth couldn't really put a foot wrong but the end of the 90's brought some below par releases. Fast forward to 2009 and Megadeth put themselves back on the map with this album. Fast and ferocious from the start arguably their heaviest album ever. Listen to Dialetic Chaos, This day we fight, Headcrusher and 1320 to see what I mean. At this time in their career questions were being asked by critics whether Megadeth were still relevant 25 years on? On this evidence ABSOLUTELY!

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7 Youthanasia

One of their finest and most melodic albums, the one that made me a Megadeth fan. Highlights: Elysian Fields, Addicted to Chaos, Train of Consequences, Victory and Youthanasia.

Hugely underrated! First three tracks are a carved in metal statement.

While it's not a number 1 above RIP or Peace Sells, it's hugely underrated and has an awesome energy to that strikes me slightly different compared to their hugely popular and acclaimed albums.

7? What? It's should be to 1-3st

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8 Dystopia

Great album, let's not get carried away though, Rust in Peace is on a different level... - unknown-soldier

Better than Rust in Peace

Epic first 2 songs!

I loved 6 songs right off the bat but Dystopia took a few listens to like Death from Within &
Bullet to the Brain (mostly because I didn't like the choruses). Conquer or Die & Lying in State are modern Megadeth masterpieces. I'd rank Dystopia as follows:

1. Rust In Peace
2. Peace Sells
3. Countdown To Extinction
4. System Has Failed
5. Youthanasia
6. Killing Is My Business
7. Endgame
8. Dystopia
9. So Far, So Good, So What
10. Thirteen
11. Hidden Treasures
12. United Abominations
13. Cryptic Writings
14. The World Needs A Hero
15. Risk
16. Super Collider

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9 The 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.

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! - ThePassing

Come one people. Of mice and men? Die dead enough? This voting system has failed this album and megadeth as a whole. - danielnemirovsky

What an amazing underrated album although not my favourite because Countdown To Extinction (doesn't mean I don't like this album it's in my top 5) is but this album needs to be higher up. It's a solid album and doesn't lack anything. It is a masterpiece. - PowerOfThrash

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10 United Abominations

This is their best album. All the songs are incredible, combining their classic metal style of Countdown to Extinction and their thrash style of Rust in Peace to make something really really good. All the songs have something great to offer, and this album does include some of the bands best songs ever (Amerikhastan, Burnt Ice, the title track, Washington Is Next! ). There are lots of awesome solos that make you uncontrollably headbang. There's also plenty of moments that will let you stop and breathe for a second (key word: a second) which show depth and make the album more incredible for all sides of Megadeth. Plus the lyrics are also really good, very political and very good. Pumping bass, pounding drums, shredding guitars, awesome album. 11/10 from me.

Sleepwalker and Washington is next are just amazing, I love this album

This is my 2nd favorite album and it really shows what is happening with our twisted government. Sleepwalker and Washington is next are awesome.

By the far the best albummmmm. I love the early megadeth but this album brought them back baby United Abominations - dabulge

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The Contenders

11 Cryptic 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. - petrucci75hammet

How come United Abominations and Thirteen are before this amasing masterpiece..? Obviously is different but all songs are great.. I think Dave really put all his creativity in the music of this album is really easy to listen, lets be honest after a while of listening loud noises liked trash metal your ears get tired, don't get me wrong I love trash metal but is not the type of music you want to listen all day.. I listen all kinds of music depending on the mood, but this album is more melodic and still heavy. My favorite is Vortex.

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.

I hated this album when I first heard it, but if you give it some time there are some amazing tracks throughout the whole thing. The trashier songs are so god. This album should not be this low at all.

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12 Th1rt3en

Should be one place lower, it should be #13.

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.

Just bought Th1rt3en... EPIC! Absolutely love New World Order, Black Swan, Sudden Death, and Public Enemy No. 1.. It's top 6 at least for me.

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.

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13 Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

It's a good compilation, but nothing special. They literally just took all their singles, and left out some awesome tracks. Like Tornado of Souls. - IronSabbathPriest

This is not right it's the GREATEST HITS!

All their greatest hits, surely this is better than anything else. - gemcloben

14 Hidden Treasures

Should be above Abominations, Collider, 13, System in fact any album after Cryptic Writings. Awesome album-compilation.

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!

Why THIS ONE is so low? Should be about lie 6-7 positions higher. Contains so many classics!

This is a classic 99 ways to die!

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15 Rude Awakening

I love Rude Awakening! My favorite song is Angry Again!

16 Anthology: Set the World Afire
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18 Risk

I was skeptical at first, back in the day when I bought this album, simply because of ths name "Risk". I was instantly intrigued by the sound. This is a top 5 album for Megadeth in my own personal opinion. It's not what fans were expecting and obviously the band knew this was going to be the case so they threw in a "No Risk Disc" with 6 previous hits on it just to appease those who would be dissatisfied with the new material. Just listen to Dave's voice! He sounds like someone who is finally at peace with himself and content with who he has become. This for me is an excellent album from start to finish and I've only grew to love it more and more as time goes on! My recommendation is that you give it another listen and see if you aren't pleasantly surprised!

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 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

What's wrong with people. I've been a Megadeth fan for almost two decades and let me tell ya I knows Megadeth and even though my favorite Megadeth albums are Peace Sells and Youthanasia Risk doesn't get near the recognition it deserves just listen to songs like Time:The Beginning, Breadfan, and I'll Be There enough said.

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19 The World Needs a Hero

One of the most underrated albums of all the time! Just Hear Promises and Return to Hangar!

I love Dread And The Fugative Mind - V4noM

All the way from Disconnect to When- pure perfection. My favourite Megadeth album. - Shyrtex

Extremely underrated album, a few unappreciated gems on here like Disconnect, 1000 Times Goodbye, Return to Hangar, Promises and Dread and the Fugitive Mind.

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21 Still Alive... And Well?

This is a raw thrashy album! Must be 4-5 positions higher! - Shantanu_Rathour

22 Super 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

Definitely not the best Megadeth album around. But This is still better than that Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration album (Lulu).

A big pile of confusion - V4noM

This album gets way more hate than it deserves, there's not a bad song on this album and it's fairly diverse, it had the right amount of experimentation while Risk had a little too much experimentation. I've even seen complaints about the banjo in The Blackest Crow, really? What's wrong with a banjo intro? Nothing in my opinion - Derrick_Fox

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