Top Ten Metal Albums of the 20th Century

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The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica
2 The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
3 Rust In Peace - Megadeth
4 Reign in Blood - Slayer
5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Probably the heaviest traditional heavy metal album! - somekindofaguy

6 Alice in Hell - Annihilator

1989. A technical thrash masterpiece - no bad songs on this album. - Metal_Treasure

7 Rising - Rainbow

This album was very important because in 1976 metal was a fragile baby and this album helped it grow up - with Dio impecable vocals and Ritchie Blackmore epic songwriting and technical guitar playing. After this album Judas Priest and Iron Maiden released albums that made metal a thing. - Metal_Treasure

2 masterpieces over 8 minutes: Stargazer & A Light in the Black - somekindofaguy

8 Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian

1998. A concept album that is essential in the power metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

9 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth

1995. Epic, heavy, melodic. Dante's Inferno alone is a reason to consider this album one of the best. - Metal_Treasure

10 Holy Diver - Dio

The Contenders

11 Ride the Lighting - Metallica
12 Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
13 Black Metal - Venom

Thrash Metal before Metallica! - somekindofaguy

14 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
15 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
16 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
17 City - Strapping Young Lad

Best described by Kerrang! as sounding like "sticking your head into the jet nozzle of a Stealth Bomber."

The album is nothing short of ludicrous, insane, and so many other crazy terms rolled into one, displaying Devin Townsend's HUGE vocal range and Gene Hoglan's "machine-like" drumming ability.

When it came to Extreme, "City" is the definition of extreme. - BloodyThunderX

18 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
19 Master Of Reality - Black Sabbath

Not a pure metal album, but songs like Children of the Grave, Into the Void and Lord of This World are pretty good metal songs - somekindofaguy

20 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
21 Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
22 Restless and Wild - Accept
23 Metal Heart - Accept
24 Hammerheart - Bathory
25 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
26 La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 - White Zombie
27 Among the Living - Anthrax
28 The Last in Line - Dio
29 Pyromania - Def Leppard
30 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
31 ... and Justice for All - Metallica
32 Oceanborn - Nightwish
33 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
34 Symbolic - Death

It's a must listen album, an amazing cohesive and well crafted piece of art.

A death metal masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure

35 Metallica - Metallica
36 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
37 British Steel - Judas Priest
38 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying - Megadeth
39 The Sound of Perseverance - Death
40 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
41 Screaming for Vengance - Judas Priest
42 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
43 The IVth Crusade - Bolt Thrower
44 Blackout - Scorpions
45 Back in Black - AC/DC
46 Fire Down Under - Riot
47 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

1996. One of the heaviest metal albums (brutal technical death metal). - Metal_Treasure

48 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
49 Images and Words - Dream Theater
50 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2 - Helloween
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Top Remixes

1. The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
somekindofaguy
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Reign in Blood - Slayer
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1. Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
2. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
3. Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
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