Best Traditional Heavy Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

This is an album that really helped bring this style of metal into the mainstream. There weren't many bands who did this kind of extra heavy (for the time) metal. Venom WAS one of the few, but none of them got into mainstream like Maiden managed to with The Number of the Beast. It changed not only Maiden's style, but all of metal's style as well. Though I do respect that Painkiller is #1. It's also one of my favorite albums of all time.

The 2nd greatest heavy metal record ever made, behind Master of Puppets. Children of the Damned, The Prisoner, 22 Acacia Avenue, Run to the Hills, Number of the Beast, and the great Hallowed be thy Name. An album of unforgettable tracks.

2 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

I like it, but it's a bit half-baked. There's a couple of forgettable instrumentals, 2-Minutes to Midnight is average, but then it nails it with Aces High, Powerslave and Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The production is too trebly for Maiden's style of metal, too.

"a couple of forgettable instrumentals" There is only one instrumental and I don't find it forgettable, - Alkadikce

3 Painkiller - Judas Priest

All the tracks are just perfect with great guitar and drum solos, great vocalization, great chords, great harmony, great beat, great rhythm... - rock2metal

4 Holy Diver - Dio

The lyrics on the title-track are classic Dio fantasy, but it's the way he sings that is just so mighty. He's one of a kind. The only time someone has come close was Chris Cornell on Jesus Christ Pose.

5 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

The whole album rocks and riffs heavy

Black Sabbath is recognized as a rock band. WRONG! Black Sabbath is heavy metal and is the very first heavy metal band. People think of rock as more technical than metal but it is the other way around

What moron said they're a rock band? Of course they're metal. It was probably that half-wit that said Metallica weren't heavy, they're thrash.

So it was you? My goodness. Metal isn't technical? Go but Artillery's By Inheritance cd and get back to me.

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6 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
7 Abigail - King Diamond

I have the excellent cd/dvd version of this one. Theatrical and classical.

8 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Best peace of Music men ever created

9 Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
10 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that started it all, still the best 40+ years later - fidelcanojr

The Contenders

11 Indestructible - Disturbed

This is Nu.

12 Ascendancy - Trivium

This is Nu metal.

Traditional? Ok. It's a solid metalcore-inspired release from earlier in their career.

13 Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

What the heck is this doing here?

14 Rising - Rainbow

This and Between the Eyes were quality. Dio and Blackmore killing it.

15 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
16 Overkill - Motorhead
17 British Steel - Judas Priest
18 Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden

Love this one for its heavy sound. Where Eagles Dare, Revelations, Flight of Icarus, The Trooper, Die With Your Boots On...

19 The Premonition - Firewind
20 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate

One of the best.

21 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Because Randy Rhoads was one of the greatest guitarists on the planet. Cut down in life far too short, just like Burton.

22 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
23 Balls to the Wall - Accept

I've always been curious about the sexuality of this one. It's very Halford-esque - who is openly gay - and with classics like Balls to the Wall, London Leatherboys, Head Over Heels, Love Child, Turn Me On...hey, great album and band, either way, so don't get me wrong.

Killer German metal classic.

24 The Fall of Ideals - All That Remains

Of course. Monstrous riffs, classical solos, and catchy as the flu. One of the greatest modern metal albums made on the last 10-years.

25 Battle Hymn - Manowar
26 Somewhere in Time - Iron Maiden

Quite a personal, introspective and progressive album from Maiden. There's a bit of fantasy thrown in there, but Wasted Years, Heaven Can Wait, Sea of Madness and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner were all quite personal songs. That aside, Stranger in a Strange Land is classic Maiden. Underrated, like Piece of Mind, it's as good as anything they've written.

The last of their truly great albums.

27 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
28 Inhuman Rampage - Dragonforce

Played like an inhuman rampage, too.

29 Lightning to the Nations - Diamond Head
30 Wheels of Steel - Saxon

Yes. The only album I own of theirs, and I loved it all those years ago.

31 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

This is thrash metal and not traditional metal. - Metal_Treasure

Damn! I can't escape this album. Put up Peace Sells...and I'll vote for that.

32 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
33 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

A classic. We Are The Road Crew is fantastic.

34 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
35 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Sorry, but this is one of Metallica's most recognised albums and is often preferred over Master of Puppets itself. Where do you think For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fight Fire with Fire and Fade to Black came from? Also, this album is a technical beast.

Not the most recognized albums but it was the time where the band was just becoming popular and they started making more technical songs. That eventually stopped forever in the Black Album.

This is thrash metal and not traditional metal. - Metal_Treasure

36 Kings of Metal - Manowar
37 Killers - Iron Maiden

My first ever Iron Maiden album at 11-years of age. I still love it.

38 Tunes of War - Grave Digger
39 Death Magnetic - Metallica


40 Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest
41 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
42 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
43 Metallica - Metallica

How many immense hits can a thrash band achieve commercially? This album is remarkable, no matter what the critics say.

44 Restless and Wild - Accept
45 The Last in Line - Dio
46 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne

Randy and Ozzy killing it.

47 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

Steve Harris doesn't like it, but all his fans do. Pretty raw, but it's a classic.

48 Metal Heart - Accept
49 Triumph and Agony - Warlock
50 Death or Glory - Running Wild
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