Best Heavy Metal Albums of 1986

The Top Ten

1 Metallica - Master of Puppets

Of course this album is better than every other one! This album has everything from the thrash metal anthem Battery to the epic instrumental Orion.

I my mind some of Metallica's best work. Given a choose I would pick master of puppets every time.

I agree this album defines metal.

Metallica's best album period

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

Metallica is so overrated its not even funny. They were what introduced me to thrash, but now they get so much head I swear. They're not the best band, Overkill is the best. But Megadeth is a close second and this is their best release. Megadeth!

awesome album... Speed and Violence mixed perectly with excelent lyrics

Awesome album, no greater! End of enough said

Better than Master from start to finish. And unlike Metallica, this has no bad songs *coughTheThingThatShouldNotBecough*

3 Slayer - Reign in Blood

Master of puppets was a great album. But Reign in blood is hands down the best trash metal album ever! SLAYER FOREVER

This is by far the best and the heaviest thrash metal album ever created... metallica doesn't stand a chance... - Skorge666

4 Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian

Best album of the 1980s. - Caleb9000

5 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
6 Kreator - Pleasure to Kill

Makes Reign in Blood like Miley Cyrus

And that's the only thing it does. Heavier and more brutal than Raining Blood, and that's all. - Alkadikce

7 Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
8 Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
9 King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
10 Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory

The Contenders

11 Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver

Much, much better than the Overrated "MOP" from Metallica. Jason Newsted brought the Band to a really high level. And Songs like "Hammerhead", "Iron Tears", "Metalshock", Titletrack or "She Took An Axe" are Speed/Thrash Metal Classics.

12 Metal Church - The Dark
13 Rage for Order - Queensryche
14 Nuclear Assault - Game Over
15 Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark

It's 1987 and not 1986 - Metal_Treasure

16 Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
17 Judas Priest - Turbo
18 Russian Roulette
19 Night Songs - Cinderella
20 Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
21 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
22 Morbid Visions - Sepultura
23 One Foot in Hell - Cirith Ungol
24 Born Too Late - Saint Vitus
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Slayer - Reign in Blood
2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
3. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
2. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
3. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1. Slayer - Reign in Blood
2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
3. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

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