Top Ten Best Metal Albums Between 1970 and 1992

These are the ten best metal albums from 1970-1992.

The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

With tracks like Iron Man, War Pigs, and the title track, it's easy to see why this is my number one. There's just something about this album, like everything fits together. Sure, there are bands today that are more "brutal" or "extreme", but Black Sabbath was the band that started it all. - Illuminati323

2 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

Megadeth is one of metal's most respected bands. Any one of their albums could have made this list, (other than Risk), but 1990's Rust In Peace is Megadeth at their finest. - Illuminati323

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3 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Another "master"piece album released in 1986, Metallica's third album is a thrash metal classic with plenty of great songs. These include Battery, the title track, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), and Disposable Heroes. While 1983's Kill Em All and 1984's Ride The Lightning are both great, I ultimately chose this one. - Illuminati323

The origins of Cliff Burton should remain, he's such a good player in this album.

4 Reign In Blood - Slayer

Slayer. Enough said. Well, not quite. This album is thrash metal at it's heaviest, fastest, and most raw. For 1986, it was pretty crazy. Standout tracks: Angel Of Death, Postmortem, Raining Blood. - Illuminati323

5 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Don't get me wrong, Iron Maiden is great, but they are kind of overrated. That being said, this record is fantastic with tracks like: Run To The Hills, the title track, and Hallowed Be Thy Name. - Illuminati323

6 Machine Head - Deep Purple

Home to the iconic Smoke On The Water, Deep Purple's 1972 album is a classic. It isn't exactly metal by today's standards, but in the early 70s it was a bit heavier than most of the rock around at that time. - Illuminati323

7 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

Pantera changed the face of metal in 1992 when this album came out. Bringing the blues back into metal, this album showcases groove-based rhythms and awesome guitar work. - Illuminati323

8 British Steel - Judas Priest

Judas Priest is rather underrated considering the achievements they have made for this genre. They basically made metal what it is today. 1978's Stained Class is also a classic, but with songs like Breaking The Law and Living After Midnight, this was the one I had to go with. - Illuminati323

9 Human - Death

Death is basically the first death metal band, and they have had some great albums. Though Leprosy and Scream Bloody Gore are also worth mentioning, Human is their magnum opus. With songs like Lack Of Comprehension, it's hard to see why not. - Illuminati323

10 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

To close off our list, we have Brazilian thrash band Sepultura's 1989 album Beneath The Remains. The title track and Inner Self are awesome songs, and the guitar tone is killer. 1991's Arise is also worth mentioning. - Illuminati323

The Contenders

11 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
12 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
13 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that started it all.

14 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer
15 South of Heaven - Slayer
16 Kill 'em All - Metallica
17 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
18 Holy Diver - Dio
19 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
20 ... and Justice for All - Metallica
21 Seven Churches - Possessed
22 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
23 Welcome to Hell - Venom
24 Hell Awaits - Slayer
25 Black Metal - Venom
26 Dirt - Alice In Chains
27 Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal
28 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
29 Show No Mercy - Slayer
30 Facelift - Alice In Chains
31 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs - Ministry
32 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
33 Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails

This isn't a metal album. The hell?

34 Broken - Nine Inch Nails
35 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
36 Images and Words - Dream Theater
37 The Land of Rape and Honey - Ministry
38 The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste - Ministry
39 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
40 Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
41 Bathory - Bathory
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Top Remixes

1. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
1. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
2. Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Human - Death
3. Reign In Blood - Slayer


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