Greatest Metal Albums of the 1970s

The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath

After releasing their self-titled debut they returned to the studio. The result? A masterpiece. With classics like War Pigs, Paranoid and Iron Man this is guaranteed to blow your mind. I find it hard to believe that it just recorded in a short period of time.

2 Overkill - Motorhead Overkill - Motorhead

Motorhead is a main influence to a lot of popular thrash metal bands like Metallica. There is no filler tracks on here. From the double bass drum attack on Overkill to the awesomeness of just about any song this is a must-have for metalheads.

3 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This is really good for a debut album. The greatest metal album of the 1970s features some of the greatest metal songs ever like the scary Black Sabbath, or the great bass song N.I.B. Also there is Warning, a cover with a extra long jam written by the band. Personally, I think it is the best metal album in the 70s.

4 Stained Class - Judas Priest Stained Class - Judas Priest
5 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
6 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest

This album is what heavy metal is supposed to sound like. With tracks like Hell Bent for Leather, Burnin' Up and Delivering the Goods you can't possibly go wrong for this album. Now for number 1...

7 Rising - Rainbow Rising - Rainbow
8 Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath
9 Machine Head - Deep Purple Machine Head - Deep Purple

Machine Head IS Deep Purple's best album. The album starts with Highway Star, a faster song is is influential to speed metal bands and one of the best. Smoke on the Water is one of the greatest songs of all time. It is a masterpiece to the world. Other great tracks are Lazy which has wonderful keyboard by Jon Lord (R.I.P. ) and Space Truckin', this time showcases Ian Paice. This album is such a classic even Ozzy Osbourne has this in his top ten.

10 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest

One of the greatest albums of all time, along with Painkiller and Cynic's Focus

This album from 1976 is legendary, teir 2nd greatest of the 70s. The opening track Victim of Changes is among the greatest metal songs of all time. Tyrant is known as one of the first speed metal songs.

The Contenders

11 Kiss - Kiss Kiss - Kiss

Destroyer is one of KISS's greatest albums and has more popular tracks, but who can forget their self-titled debut classic. Their debut features classic songs like Black Diamond, Deuce and Strutter. They remain some of Kiss's greatest songs, and one of the best KISS albums.

12 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll - Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll - Rainbow

Ronnie James Dio's last album before moving on to metal legends Black Sabbath and eventually his own band, this album is a classic. The title track is a masterpiece and Kill the King is definitely one of Dio's best vocal performances.

13 Highway to Hell - AC/DC Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Bon Scott's last album with AC/DC before dying of alcohol poisoning, this is obviously the best AC/DC album of the 1970s. With tracks like Highway to Hell and Touch Too Much, this is one of my favorite AC/DC albums ever.

R.I.P. Bon Scott

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15 School's Out - Alice Cooper School's Out - Alice Cooper

A classic album by shock rock artist Alice Cooper. Tracks include School's Out, the famous song everyone probably knows and loves.

16 In Rock - Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple

Way better, and more metal than Machine Head! - somekindofaguy

17 Taken by Force - Scorpions Taken by Force - Scorpions
18 Virgin Killer - Scorpions Virgin Killer - Scorpions
19 2112 - Rush 2112 - Rush
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