Greatest Metal Albums of the 1970s

The Top Ten
1 Rising - Rainbow

Two epic metal classics: Stargazer, A Light In The Black (the most developed metal song of the 70s and one of the fastest).

2 Stained Class - Judas Priest

Piercing solos, dynamic vocals, creative riffs, and even an epic ballad. Stained Class has all of these. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It's so well-rounded.

3 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
4 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.

5 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.

I'm partial to Tommy Bolin so COME TASTE THE BAND is in fact my favorite Purple album. I could understand, though, how many folks would pick this one and they are not wrong in doing so.

6 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 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest

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.

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

8 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll - Rainbow

Kill The King from this album is probably the fastest and most aggressive metal song of the 70s. Also, this song was covered by over 10 metal bands - I don't know any other metal song with over 10 cover versions. I made a list - Top 10 Cover Versions of Rainbow's Kill the King.
Gates of Babylon is a masterpiece. Rainbow Eyes is a magical ballad with some of the greatest vocals by Dio.

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.

9 In Rock - Deep Purple

Way better, and more metal than Machine Head!

10 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.

Only one metal song

The Contenders
11 Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath
12 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.

Not a metal album

13 Sin After Sin - Judas Priest

Great proto-metal album. Priest's sound on this album pre-dated what heavy metal WOULD sound like in the future.

14 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

My favorite Sabbath album.

15 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

16 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Rainbow
17 Taken by Force - Scorpions

This was the moment when metal broke its stoner roots and became its own genre.

18 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.

19 Virgin Killer - Scorpions
20 2112 - Rush
21 Lonesome Crow - Scorpions
22 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.

23 Sabotage - Black Sabbath
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