Most Iconic Metal Albums Made Before 2002

EliHbk
2002 seemed to be when music lost its pop. Let's celebrate the biggest landmarks on metal's road to "trash".

The Top Ten

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

LEGENDARY but not even James Hetfield would make that top ten...

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

I like how this is looking actually lol. Metallica should be high up universally pm. - EliHbk

3 Metallica - Metallica
4 Kill Em All - Metallica
5 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
6 Reign in Blood - Slayer
7 The Sickness - Disturbed
8 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
9 Toxicity - System of a Down
10 Painkiller - Judas Priest

The Contenders

11 In Rock - Deep Purple
12 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
13 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
14 Hysteria - Def Leppard

If u consider Def hair metal - EliHbk

15 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
16 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
17 Balls to the Wall - Accept
18 Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
19 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
20 Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian
21 The Last in Line - Dio
22 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that started all.

23 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth
24 Led Zeppelin IV (Aka Zoso) - Led Zeppelin
25 Hammerheart - Bathory
26 Issues - KoRn
27 Holy Diver - Dio
28 British Steel - Judas Priest
29 Stained Class - Judas Priest
30 Symbolic - Death
31 Rising - Rainbow
32 Show No Mercy
33 Blackout - Scorpions
34 Get Your Wings - Aerosmith
35 Back in Black - AC/DC
36 Velvet Darkness They Fear - Theatre of Tragedy
37 Oceanborn - Nightwish
38 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate
39 Machine Head - Deep Purple
40 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensr├┐che
41 Images and Words - Dream Theater
42 Demons and Wizards - Uriah Heep
43 Blackwater Park - Opeth
44 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater

This is considered the quinessential prog Metal album - NightmareCinema

45 Persistence of Time - Anthrax
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