Top 10 Metal Albums to Listen to First

This is a list of the most accessible metal albums for a first time listener to enjoy. Please note that these albums are slightly less heavy and more simple and commercial so that it attracts a mainstream listener. I hope this list acts as a starter pack for people who are new to metal. Vote for the album that first got you into metal.

The Top Ten

1 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
2 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The one where it all started... - Joeljohns249

3 Painkiller - Judas Priest
4 Black album - Metallica

A first time metal listener might find "Ride the lightning" and "Master of Puppets" too loud and heavy for them while this album will be something they can dig to. - Joeljohns249

I actually started with this one. - Userguy44

5 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Fun fact. The same titled song on the album isn't a metal song - Userguy44

6 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
7 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

This is more of a progressive album, Metallica explores a lot of genres in this album rather than sticking with usual thrash metal. - Joeljohns249

8 Master of Puppets - Metallica

For a 1st time listener, I'd suggest you to get familiar with the "Black album" first and then give the progressive piece "...And justice for all" a listen, after that give this masterpiece a chance with "Ride the Lightning" - Joeljohns249

This was my first true metal album actually - cjWriter1997

9 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
10 Holy Diver - Dio

The Contenders

11 Ride the Lighting - Metallica

Definitely a good album! - Userguy44

12 Somewhere in Time - Iron Maiden
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