Top Ten Best Metal Albums Between 1970 and 1992

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

The Top Ten

1 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

It offered nothing musically to any kind of metal genre and it was the start of the 'rong' direction of 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

This has to be at the top! My favorite album of all time. - winner333

2 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Definitely the best (although not my favourite).

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

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 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

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 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

7 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

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 Ride the Lightning - Metallica


The Contenders

11 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
12 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath

Should be in the top 10.

13 Balls to the Wall - Accept
14 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
15 Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
16 Metal Heart - Accept
17 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
18 ... and Justice for All - Metallica
19 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

20 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that started it all.

21 Hammerheart - Bathory
22 Painkiller - Judas Priest
23 Pyromania - Def Leppard
24 The Last in Line - Dio
25 Defenders of the Faith - Judas Priest
26 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
27 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
28 Holy Diver - Dio
29 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
30 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth
31 Rising - Rainbow
32 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensr├┐che
33 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
34 Back in Black - AC/DC
35 Denim & Leather - Saxon
36 1987 - Whitesnake
37 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
38 Welcome to Hell - Venom
39 Show No Mercy - Slayer
40 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
41 Get Your Wings - Aerosmith
42 Stained Class - Judas Priest
43 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
44 Among the Living - Anthrax
45 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
46 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
47 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer
48 South of Heaven - Slayer
49 Kill 'em All - Metallica
50 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
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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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