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100 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

Newly added names are in Red
Last Updated: 2018-02-07
100 Greatest Metal Albums text title image
  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
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Paranoid album cover
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Number of the Beast album cover
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