Top Ten Best Pantera Albums


The Top Ten

1 Vulgar Display of Power

Anyone who doesn't pick this should take a literal walk. I'm dead serious. It's the best damn metal album of the 90s.

All albums are perfect, I choose Vulgar if I have to!

Cowboys from hell was a great album for sure hell there all good but vulgar is the best and right behind that is far beyond driven. I seen them play the far beyond driven album in chicago at the panel room. They had the best moshes right along with slayer these are difficult to do cause they all tear stuff up

Everyone will pretty much have different opinions on this list. It's not like a Megadeth list where 98% of the people vote rust in peace for number 1. All panteras albums are almost equal - Sabbath

2 Cowboys from Hell

Timeless Metal Classic.

They consider this one their first true album... and it has great songs like "Cowboys from hell", "Cemetery Gates", "Psycho Holiday", "Heresy", "Domination", "Shattered", "The Sleep", "The Art of Shredding"... - rock2metal

Every song on here is kick ass. And it's by far Anselmo's best vocals. Medicine Man is unbelievable. You can hear the Rob Halford influence. Personally I love all their albums. But this one is the best hands down in my opinion.

Not only is this their best album, I'd argue it's the best Heavy Metal album out there. I haven't heard anything like this and this was Pantera's peak.

3 The Great Southern Trendkill

I definitely think this album is gold, not that the others aren't. It's heavy, it's fast, it's powerful, plus it's got some of the best solos ever! Just listen to Great Southern Trendkill, 10's and Floods. The Great Southern Trendkill is definitely my favorite Pantera album.

Creative, urban, raw lyrics... Incredibly good!

The heaviest, the grooviest, the most badass album, period!

A heavy but powerful album. You got some really extreme songs like the grey Southern trendkill and then you have some sombre and meaningful songs like 10s and floods

4 Far Beyond Driven

A mean, extreme, heavy metal machine. Might even be heavier than Trendkill.

Not sure if I prefer it over Vulgar Display Of Power, but it is definitely their heaviest album and beats Cowboys From Hell by a longshot. Still don't get why people don't think it has any sick solos, listen to Throes of Rejection..

This album honestly is my favorite. Cemetary Gates is my favorite song of theirs but besides Cowboys From Hell (title track) the rest weren't very good. Also 20 years old this year thought I would add that. 5 Minutes Alone and I'm Broken were two of their best songs both off this album.

Their heaviest album and where they finally perfected the Pantera sound. There are a lot of gems on this album.

5 Reinventing the Steel

Vulgar Display of Power>Cowboys From Hell>Reinventing The Steel>Far Beyond Strength>The Great Southern Trendkill

Bought it the day it came out march 21 2000. Its still my favorite heavy metal album 14 years later. Ridiculously underrated. Great to hear Phil singing more. All 4 band members have said many times (darrell in 2004) that this album and/or vulgar are the best. The band took their time writing the album and it shows. Every song is heavy and groovy. brilliant record awesome tour (saw them 3 times). I urge those that dislike it to listen again. This is the album where they mastered their sound in my opinion.

Not the best album in my opinion (Great southern trendkill is my favorite) but should be higher up due to the new sound it brought.

This album should be number 2 or 3 way better album than great southern and far beyond maybe just maybe even better than cowboys from hell

6 Power Metal

It's actually fairly decent especially when compared to Metal Magic and Projects in the Jungle.
Some of the songs are quite good.
Sounds like a mix between Priest and Shout at the Devil era Motley Crue. - Chris113

This album shows how dynamic Phil Anselmo's vocals are before he started to growl since Cowboys from hell. Definitely an underrated album.

In my opinion this should be higher cause this is the one GOOD heavy pantera before they go groove.

This album got me into Pantera so... yes, for me is their best one.

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7 Projects In The Jungle

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They've shown this even after the glam era since most of their albums also have thrash metal songs.

This shows that they can also make music that isn't groove metal

8 I Am the Night
9 Official Live: 101 Proof

How is this not above the glam?

10 Metal Magic

I think it's a super underrated album terry glaze is amazing singer

The Contenders

11 Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys Vulgar Hits

Greatest hits albums don't count

12 Far Beyond Bootleg : Live From Donnington '94
13 Live at Dynamo Open Air 1998
14 Preliminary Groove Metal
15 Metal Magic & I Am The Night

Not as Glam as the first two albums, and has some elements of Speed Metal and Heavy Metal. - Chris113

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