Greatest Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Metallica - Master of Puppets

I just love this amazing masterpiece. This is the album for me that made me realize Metallica was more than just ordinary (before this I only had And Justice for All and Black). Battery is my all time favorite Metallica song, every time I listen to this I always have a heck of a fun time listening to it. This album is so cool they should have had all songs on Guitar Hero Metallica (only 2 songs weren't: Leper Messiah and Damage Inc. ). This album is definitely the Master of Puppets. - Z-Rocker

To be honest, this was a hard one. All of the albums on this list are amazing in different ways. Master of Puppets basically Frankensteined all the albums on this list. You've got Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc., and Battery as your dose of pure shredding. Then you've got Orion, which has many parts to the song from James' rhythm guitar to Cliff's amazing bass solos. Then there is The Thing that Should Not Be and Leper Messiah. These two songs have amazing rhythm sections. Then, we've got Master of Puppets. This song is basically the definition of metal. From that amazing opening riff to head bang to the harmonic section with James' solo. This song is the best metal song ever created. Master of Puppets is hands down the best metal album ever created.

Master of Puppets, Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Damage. inc, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, The Thing That Should Not Be, Orion, All classic songs! - LeperMessiah

Come crawling faster
Obey your master
Your life burns faster
Obey your master
MASTER!

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2 Megadeth - Rust in Peace

Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Hanger 18, Take No Prisoners, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Lucretia, Tornado Of Souls, Rust in Peace... Polaris, Dawn Patrol, My Creation... I bet no other metal albums got the songs like this.. - deadlydawn

We most certainly had to have this one in the list. Certainly Megadeth's most intense 90s album. I like both the original and remixed/remastered versions equally... Actually, I like the original slightly more. I feel the re-recorded vocals on the remastered are underrated, they're kind of unique to listen to especially if you have the original one to compare with. 5 Magics, Take No Prisoners, Lucretia, and Rust in Peace... Polaris are the songs that have different vocal tracks from one edition to the other (just letting you know). I just love singing along with either version of 5 Magics every time. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due was so amazing too, I got to see that song live and that was their closure. Rock on! - Z-Rocker

Rust In Peace is a hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind album and I don't think that any album can come so near perfection as Rust In Peace. All songs even the short 6th song Poison was the cure is magnificent. I'm not a big Megadeth fan lemme assure you that. I praise this album because I haven't seen a perfect album in my lifetime not even LZ IV. The song starts off with one of the greatest masterpieces (which I consider my favorite song) - Holy Wars followed by a no less legendary Hangar 18. Then comes the criminally underrated equally good and badass Take No Prisoners and the amusing, terrific Lucretia. Then we have a magical, raging Five Magics followed by Posion Was The Cure - slow but great song. And then comes the most terrific solo in the history of thrash metal with such badassery and such awesomeness - Tornado of Souls. Soon following is Nick Menza's best - Rust In Peace... Polaris and then the slow but psychedelic kinda Dawn Patrol. The album sadly ends with My Creation... I said ...more - SytachiRed

Beautiful masterpiece. I appreciate Megadeth's effort put into this album. But I'm stuck in between 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? ' and this wonderful album. - Zysoth

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3 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

This should really be number 1. I mean, Hallowed Be Thy Name is like Bohemian Rhapsody of heavy metal, The Number of the Beast is a killer song, The Prisoner, Run to the Hills, Invaders, 22 Acacia Avenue. Not a bad song on this album.

owns master of puppets
1.invaders-7/10
2.children of the damned-10/10
3.the prisoner-10/10
4.22 acacia avenue-9/10
5.number of the beast-10/10
6.run to the hills-10/10
7.gangland-5/10
8.total eclipse-7/10
9.hallowed be thy name-100/10 - wolphert

its not just hallowed be thy name run to the hills and tnotb it also has children of the damned 22 acacia avenue and the prisoner - diego14344

No doubt

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4 Metallica - Ride the Lightning

This album is perfect. Every track track is great (even Escape). For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, the title track and The Call of Ktulu are what make this album the greatest metal album ever, on par with MoP. On an unrelated note, I love it how every person on this website who votes for anything related to Megadeth can't restrain themselves from saying that Metallica is the worst band ever and Megadeth is awesome and its a proven fact that Megadeth is better and blah blah blah. Grow up, Megafans. Quit trying to rewrite history. Metallica has always been the biggest, most influential, and best known metal band ever. If Megadeth is so much better, than why do a vast majority of people prefer Metallica. Because Metallica has better songs that more people like. Megafans always say "all true metal fans listen to Megadeth. " What do you mean, "true metal fans? " Is someone better because they listen to "better" music than someone else? Seriously Megafans, shut up and let people ...more

Your right. Megadeth never did and never will beat the old school Metallica. - Sabbath

Metallica in their prime. Songs like 'Fight Fire with Fire', 'Ride the Lightning'... And pretty much the rest of the album will entertain you with every listen. The tone of the sound in the production of this album is one of Metallica's most fierce and menacing compare to most of their productions... In a positive way. The sound fits all the music on Ride the Lightning nicely and perfectly. - Z-Rocker

This album is amazing. When you look at thrash metal albums this is the best hands down because of efforts like Ride The Lightning and Creeping Death. The just as legendary For Whom The Bell Tolls shows off just how good Cliff Burton was on bass. The greatest instrumental of all time is the Call Of Ktulu which installs a creepy atmosphere that words can't even describe. Escape and Trapped Under Ice which are the weaker songs on the album are still master pieces. Then you add a dose of the insanly fast Fight Fire With Fire and the ultimate power ballad (Besides One) Fade To Black which makes this album the best metal album of all time.

Burton at is best.

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5 Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Although there is albums more commercially successful than this one in the massive metal genre it should be number one because it's the most important metal album, whether you think this is black sabbaths best album or not it got metal on the map with classics such as: war pigs, paranoid and iron man. There are other awesome tracks on this album that get over looked such as planet caravan, electric funeral, and hand of doom. Without this album metal most likely would not be prevalent and a formidable force in music or even a genre really. This album is responsible for inspiring many people to pick up the guitar and go for that metal sound. If there was no paranoid or Sabbath, there would be none of the bands we enjoy such as Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Judas priest, Metallica, slayer, megadeth, anthrax, overkill, opeth etc. Think of all these artists are remember that if it wasn't for sabbath they would not be around and than you will vote for them to be #1

What!? Number 14!? This is the best album in the world! Without this album, there wouldn't be any Metallica, Megadeth, Nightwish, Judas Priest, or anything. This album is just legendary, just listen to it! Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots and so on... And Death Magnetic is higher? Yes it is the best Metallica album for last 15 years but there isn't any song, which could become a metal legend if recorded in the 70's. Black Sabbath is also the best band, not because they make the best music, but they invented whole heavy metal. Without bands like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath, there wouldn't be metal!

I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T READ IT BECAUSE IT'S TO LONG!

I love Black Sabbath, I love their influence and legacy, so I mean no disrespect when I say this: but don't you think that a climate would have appeared anyway, at some point, to create a heavy metal band? What inspired Metallica to make progressive Tech Thrash? It was the zeitgeist of the times. Like all the greats, there's only one of them.

Heaven and Hell, Master of Reality, Dehumanizer, Headless Cross, Mob Rules, Cross Purposes, Born Again, Eternal Idol, 13, Sabotage, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Tyr, And Black Sabbath Are all better than Paranoid is - christangrant

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6 Slayer - Reign in Blood

Do you want to know what it feels like to have your ears bleed and be shredded to pieces? If you answered yes to this question then listen to Reign In Blood. It is easily one of the most intense metal albums of all time. It absolutely mutilates you in under 30 minutes. It all happens so fast that you won't even be able to make sense of what you just heard. Violent, frenetic, and brilliant.

Are ya crazy greatest metal album is 4 sure Slayer's reign in blood. I mean In Every Metal Magazine this LP is Nr 1, This Album set new rules for metal. Is The New World Order in Metal History - copkiller

Kreator's Pleasure To Kill is just as brutal, and beat Slayer to the Death Metal punch. Reign In Blood is great Slayer, but so is South of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss. They hung their hat too much on Reign in Blood - as great as it is.

If I had to choose an album to give to an alien species to express what metal is, this would be it.

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7 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Priest classic heavy, aggressive release with grinding heavy riffs, Scott Travis brilliant drums, and of course the master of metal HALFORD whose voice no one can touch! Metal gods forever

What? Metallica's MOP is the 1st? What the hell is doing Paranoid or The Number Of The Beast here? Have you even listened to something different than Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath guys? Painkiller would destroy your ears and kill your brains and after that he would rip out your hearts!

Can't stop the Painkiller!

Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast or Rust In Peace are great, but Painkiller is the quintessence of Heavy Metal. The most powerful album of all time. Pure perfection!

This should be n1, nothing to compare with

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8 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This album is Bible of Metal, the ten commandments of metal, the darkness. It's the album that gave birth to all other great Metal recordings, father of Metal.

This is #1 heavy metal album of all time. Deal with it. Iron Maiden and Metallica are better than Sabbath NOW, but Black Sabbath just invented metal.

this definitely should be #1 because this album symbolises the birth of Metal music! - OzzyVanHalen

Rust in peace is not better then Black Sabbaths debut album - Sabbath

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9 Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

When we're talking the best *album*, Vulgar Display of Power takes the title. Master of Puppets had epic songs front to back, but Pantera put together a listening experience that flowed like none of these other entries. It hits hard and takes you for a vicious ride, but it does it with style... angry, angry style. You can't listen to This Love without expecting to hear Rise blast in right after! And Hollow leads back into Mouth for War so seamlessly you never thought the album ended!

I understand albums like The number of the beast, Master of puppets and Rust in peace being the top 3, but this really should be in the top 5. Every song is a masterpiece and when combined make the greatest heavy metal album ever.

It is definitely a vulgar display of power, but after that that the inspiration went downhill. Not drastically, because Far Beyond Driven is also very good, but many lost interest after that. Sorry, but that's the case.

This album is why Metallica quit playing metal for a decade.

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10 Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one. - metalmaiden

No, actually there's not. Many imitators of Metallica didn't know what to do with themselves when Metallica decided to blindside the scene with Load, so metal itself is to blame for its reliance on Metallica to carry them.

3 Metallica albums in a best heavy metal album list? I'm sure there much other better albums out there...

Classics and so far best ones all in this album

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The Newcomers

? Ubriakore - Killers in Rage
? Sacred Heart - Dio

How is this album not on here. With songs as great as rock n roll children, king of rock n roll and sacred heart and you get this masterpiece. So underrated - luke_cody_03

The Contenders

11 Metallica - ...And Justice for All

Metallica's finest hour without Cliff Burton (rest in peace, buddy). The volume of the bass in this is not as horrible as most think. I feel the bass is just perfectly audible with the guitars ripping through the air and the drums smacking like there isn't a tomorrow. Eye of the Beholder is one of the most wicked songs along with Blackened and the title song. Dyer's Eve is one of the most incredible closures of any Metallica album. One was really great, too. Frayed Ends of Sanity will drive you positively insane in a positively positive way. What are the other two songs? If you're a huge metal fan, you know what they are. ;) I'll give you a hint, The Shortest -----, and Harvester of ------. And there is also an instrumental linked to Dyer's Eve. - Z-Rocker

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is metallica's greatest album
this album has no beat, though the base is slightly inaudible but other than that this album leaves great impact on everyone
The moto of the album is to show that how currupted this world is for money and justice is selled at the price of nothing
Have you ever listened to ONE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, BLACKENED, TO LIVE IS TO DIE!
man u'll get to know what is GIFT OF GOD!

Best metal album ever released due to it's complexity and ridiculously heavy rhythm riffs and intricate solos. The bass is inaudible, but with the bass in there it makes it sound even more godly. Metallica is the greatest metal band in history, and one of the most influential, along with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. This album is surely the greatest metal album ever released. Master of Puppets is up there, though.

Best metal album and best album ever! This is the only album in history where I thought every song was perfect! One is my favorite song of all time! But let me just add people overlook a lot of songs on this album, for example, Eye of the beholder, the frayed ends of sanity, to live is to die, and dyers eve! All songs that deserve more credit. Just listen to them closely and you will see what I mean.

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12 Opeth - Blackwater Park

Okay, I don't think this is #1, but I think it should be in at least the top 10 spot, which is why I voted for it.

We have entered winter once again

I love all of opeth's albums, even the much softer ones. my favorite is probably one of the first 3 (Orchid, Morningrise, My Arms, Your Hearse) and my favorite songs are In The Mist She Was Standing (Orchid) And April Ethreal (My Arms, Your Hearse). I think this or My Arms, Your Hearse should be number still though. great underrated band. Very underrated

I love the mix of utter destruction and peaceful harmony. Symbolizes what life is like �" at one moment everything can be perfect, and the next everything falls apart.

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13 Metallica - Kill 'Em All

What in the world how are is Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning so high up and this is at 59. This shot be in the top 3 with them, this album was so influential to thrash and is one of the most celebrated metal albums to ever be released. This album is legendary!

I love Death Magnetic, but why is this below that? This is classic thrash at its best! Great album by the four horsemen!

I agree. Just as an album, it's superior to Death Magnetic, and for it's influence and legacy definitely deserves to be higher.

How is the Black Album above this masterpiece - Rambles

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14 Dio - Holy Diver

Dio did heavy metal genre a favour! What an epic singer / composer and an astonishing band of his - the evolution of his back catalogue is phenomenal RIP

What the - is this doing down here? Metallica is way overrated, this should be 2nd, Number of the beast should be 1st! This is so underrated!

There isn't a bad song on the album. After Dio left Black Sabbath, he gave us this masterpiece.

This album is the best metal debut album and not Kill Em All. 2nd best album of all time. - DarkenedBrutality

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15 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

It seems that this masterpiece is really underrated.
It has by far the most melodic and epic songs of the whole series of Maiden albums.
Seventh Son of a seventh Son looks like the update of Somewhere in Time to me and I like it much better.
And finally, there is no really bad song on this album.
Right now, Seventh Son of a Seventh son is my favourite Maiden album ever,
Even better than the almost unbeatable 'Powerslave"

Ist just so epic listen to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Infinte Dreams, Can I Play with Madness, or The Evil That men do

This is my Top Ten :
1. Master Of Puppets
2. Ride The Lightning
3. The Number Of The Beast
4. Rust In Peace
5. Painkiller
6. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
7. Powerslave
8. Reign In Blood
9. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying
10. Screaming For Vengeance

All mega-classic Albums that are just Awesome

That is a dreadfully biased top ten list. Here's the real top ten list: #1-5 Metallica's first 5 albums, 6-10 Fight it out.

How can it be below death magnetic or any metallica or sabbath album

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16 Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)

As a fan of Metallica outside of the US, I think it's important to look at the Top Ten metal album list on the opinion polls, because they cover the opinions of Metallica's albums globally. This album is now regarded as better than Ride The Lightning. The world is finally starting to understand how great it always was. The so-called sell out album is now gaining the reputation it recognition it deserves.

Rolling Stone Magazine opinion polls cover global opinions of metal albums. The Black Album is now ahead of Ride The Lightning. I don't usually give much credence to opinion polls, but outside of the US this is one of greatest albums ever made. It always was, but people are starting to understand it now.

It's all academic. Metallica's first 5 albums are already the greatest in metal history. It is simply a matter of waking up, scratching your private parts, and deciding which of their albums you want to listen to.

This needs to be in the top 5...I mean seriously. Every song rocks. And look at how many top singles came of this album

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17 Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

A master piece in metal. This will always be entertaining even after the end of time. Mr. Crowley and Crazy Train first appeared in this album I believe. And this album is extremely heavy especially if you listen to the copies with the original bass and drum tracks. - Z-Rocker

The late great Randy Rhoads. One of the greatest guitarists in metal history... - ch153

This is definitely one of the greatest music masterpieces in world history. This is also probably the only album of metal (Guns n Roses Use Your Illusion II is hard rock) that I am literally crazy for every song. Younger Ozzy with the guitar legend Randy Rhoads is nothing less than perfect. - benhos

Randy rhoads the greatest ever and ozzy too! Should be in the top ten

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18 Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

Wow I didn't expect to see this album so high on the list it deserves the top 10 at least - christangrant

19 Judas Priest - British Steel

All songs of this album is a hit. Simple perfect 25 years after too.

It's okay. - Zysoth

20 Exodus - Bonded by Blood

Of course it's a thrash masterpiece. Don't argue with idiots because they'll beat you with experience. A Lesson In Violence, Piranha, Strike of the Beast - you name it - are great.

Lol at the guy saying this is power metal. This is pure thrash metal at its finest. Only flaw is that it's the only good Exodus album.

Yes, Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster and Impact Is Imminent are all excellent. Zero was rocking his excellent Bon Scott-esque vocals big time! And let's not forget the unforgettable Tempo Of The Damned.

I think it's kool this old power metal album is 18 but it doesn't quite belong there musically. I could put it there for nostalgia's sake though. kirk hammett left this band to join Metallica after dave mustaine was fired. it's a raw power metal album with paul baloff, who had a punk influence, on vocals. the rhythms are decent and and the lyric content that of an angry young man like I was. pleasures of the flesh and fabulous disaster are both much higher quality musically. - hagabeast

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