200 Greatest Metal Albums

Criteria (Equally Weighed):
Acclaim - Critical acclaim/fan reaction
Popularity - How the album did on the charts/how many copies were shipped
Impact - How the album affected music as a cultural force/how much the album stood out on it's release (originality)
Influence - How an album changed the overall sound of metal
Greatest Metal Albums
1. Paranoid
Black Sabbath
2. Master of Puppets
Metallica
3. Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden
4. Reign in Blood
Slayer
5. Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
6. Ride the Lightning
Metallica
7. Master of Reality
Black Sabbath
8. Rust in Peace
Megadeth
9. Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest
10. Ace of Spades
Motörhead
11. Powerslave
Iron Maiden
12. Kill 'Em All
Metallica
13. Welcome to Hell
Venom
14. Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne
15. Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Bathory
16. Human
Death
17. Rainbow Rising
Rainbow
18. Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest
19. Scream Bloody Gore
Death
20. Holy Diver
Dio
21. Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden
22. Vulgar Display of Power
Pantera
23. Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
Megadeth
24. Operation: Mindcrime
Queensrÿche
25. Volume 4
Black Sabbath
26. To Mega Therion
Celtic Frost
27. Don't Break The Oath
Mercyful Fate
28. Altars of Madness
Morbid Angel
29. Blood Fire Death
Bathory
30. Black Metal
Venom
31. Images & Words
Dream Theater
32. Stained Class
Judas Priest
33. Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
34. Hell Awaits
Slayer
35. ...And Justice For All
Metallica
36. Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer
37. Killers
Iron Maiden
38. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Candlemass
39. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath
40. Painkiller
Judas Priest
41. Beneath The Remains
Sepultura
42. Seven Churches
Possessed
43. Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. II
Helloween
44. Overkill
Motörhead
45. Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head
46. Sabotage
Black Sabbath
47. Transylvanian Hunger
Darkthrone
48. Hvis lyset tar oss
Burzum
49. British Steel
Judas Priest
50. Melissa
Mercyful Fate
51. Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. I
Helloween
52. Bonded By Blood
Exodus
53. Cowboys From Hell
Pantera
54. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden
55. In the Nightside Eclipse
Emperor
56. Among the Living
Anthrax
57. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayhem
58. Heaven & Hell
Black Sabbath
59. Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden
60. Pleasure To Kill
Kreator
61. Metallica
Metallica
62. Through Silver and Blood
Neurosis
63. South of Heaven
Slayer
64. Heartwork
Carcass
65. Angel Dust
Faith No More
66. Scum
Napalm Death
67. Show No Mercy
Slayer
68. Killing Machine
Judas Priest
69. Unquestionable Presence
Atheist
70. Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne
71. Walls of Jericho
Helloween
72. Slaughter of the Soul
At the Gates
73. Darkness Descends
Dark Angel
74. Dirt
Alice in Chains
75. The Real Thing
Faith No More
76. Imaginations from the Other Side
Blind Guardian
77. Aenima
Tool
78. Under a Funeral Moon
Darkthrone
79. Abigail
King Diamond
80. Individual Thought Patters
Death
81. Hammerheart
Bathory
82. Shout At The Devil
Mötley Crüe
83. Leviathan
Mastodon
84. Filosofem
Burzum
85. Storm of the Light's Bane
Dissection
86. Blackwater Park
Opeth
87. Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Carcass
88. The Years of Decay
Overkill
89. Lateralus
Tool
90. Long Live Rock N Roll
Rainbow
91. Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
92. A Blaze In The Northern Sky
Darkthrone
93. Left Hand Path
Entombed
94. Blessed Are The Sick
Morbid Angel
95. Focus
Cynic
96. Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Emperor
97. Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest
98. New Bermuda
Deafheaven
99. The Jester Race
In Flames
100. Follow the Leader
Korn
101. The Angel And The Dark River
My Dying Bride
102. Countdown To Extinction
Megadeth
103. The Last In Line
Dio
104. Arise
Sepultura
105. Awaken The Guardian
Fate's Warning
106. Nightfall In Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian
107. Streetcleaner
Godflesh
108. Pierced From Within
Suffocation
109. Blackout
Scorpions
110. Pure Holocaust
Immortal
111. Restless And Wild
Accept
112. Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah
113. So Far, So Good, So What?
Megadeth
114. Still Life
Opeth
115. Battle Hymns
Manowar
116. Toxicity
System Of A Down
117. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Dream Theater
118. Leprosy
Death
119. Welcome To Sky Valley
Kyuss
120. The Legacy
Testament
121. Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden
122. Death Penalty
Witchfinder General
123. At The Heart Of Winter
Immortal
124. Cause Of Death
Obituary
125. Too Fast For Love
Mötley Crüe
126. Symbolic
Death
127. Killing Technology
Voivod
128. Times Of Grace
Neurosis
129. Horrified
Repulsion
130. Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver
131. Angel Witch
Angel Witch
132. Dopesmoker
Sleep
133. The Satanist
Behemoth
134. Mental Funeral
Autopsy
135. Strong Arm Of The Law
Saxon
136. Land Of The Free
Gamma Ray
137. Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Megadeth
138. Covenant
Morbid Angel
139. Iron Fist
Motörhead
140. Facelift
Alice In Chains
141. Into Glory Ride
Manowar
142. None So Vile
Cryptopsy
143. Spreading The Disease
Anthrax
144. Enemy Of The Sun
Neurosis
145. Hall Of The Mountain King
Savatage
146. Horrorscope
Overkill
147. Slowly We Rot
Obituary
148. Crack The Skye
Mastodon
149. Korn
Korn
150. Mob Rules
Black Sabbath
151. Crimson
Edge Of Sanity
152. Fistful Of Metal
Anthrax
153. Far Beyond Driven
Pantera
154. Bark At The Moon
Ozzy Osbourne
155. Blues For The Red Sun
Kyuss
156. Feel The Fire
Overkill
157. Awake
Dream Theater
158. World Downfall
Terrorizer
159. Oceanborn
Nightwish
160. Balls To The Wall
Accept
161. NOLA
Down
162. Denim And Leather
Saxon
163. Souls At Zero
Neurosis
164. The Mantle
Agalloch
165. Symphonies Of Sickness
Carcass
166. Sunbather
Deafheaven
167. Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved
168. Nightfall
Candlemass
169. Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs
Ministry
170. Agent Orange
Sodom
171. Deicide
Deicide
172. I.N.R.I.
Sarcofago
173. Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
174. Nothingface
Voivod
175. Clandestine
Entombed
176. Bathory
Bathory
177. Tomb Of The Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse
178. Infernal Overkill
Destruction
179. No More Tears
Ozzy Osbourne
180. Dopethrone
Electric Wizard
181. Metal Church
Metal Church
182. Coma Of Souls
Kreator
183. Morbid Visions
Sepultura
184. City
Strapping Young Lad
185. Relentless
Pentagram
186. A Social Grace
Psychotic Waltz
187. No More Color
Coroner
188. Holy Mountain
Sleep
189. At War With Satan
Venom
190. Whoracle
In Flames
191. Wheels Of Steel
Saxon
192. Turn Loose The Swans
My Dying Bride
193. Alice In Hell
Annihilator
194. Legion
Deicide
195. Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rainbow
196. Jane Doe
Converge
197. Persecution Mania
Sodom
198. Bloody Kisses
Type O Negative
199. No Rest For The Wicked
Ozzy Osbourne
200. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dimmu Borgir

Last Updated: 2020-12-27