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100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

In June 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published their list of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time. How many of them can you name?
Last updated: January 28, 2019
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Rank
 
Artist
Album
1.
1970
Black Sabbath
Paranoid
2.
1986
Metallica
Master of Puppets
3.
1980
Judas Priest
British Steel
4.
1982
Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast
5.
1970
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
6.
1986
Slayer
Reign in Blood
7.
1984
Motörhead
No Remorse
8.
1986
Megadeth
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
9.
1980
Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz
10.
1992
Pantera
Vulgar Display of Power
11.
1984
Metallica
Ride the Lightning
12.
1982
Judas Priest
Screaming for Vengeance
13.
1980
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
14.
1972
Black Sabbath
Vol. 4
15.
1981
Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
16.
1983
Dio
Holy Diver
17.
1983
Mercyful Fate
Melissa
18.
1996
Tool
Ænima
19.
1990
Megadeth
Rust in Peace
20.
1987
Anthrax
Among the Living
21.
1988
Metallica
...And Justice for All
22.
1981
Mötley Crüe
Too Fast for Love
23.
1988
Danzig
Danzig
24.
1992
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
25.
1991
Metallica
Metallica
26.
1992
Alice in Chains
Dirt
27.
2001
System of a Down
Toxicity
28.
1984
Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales
29.
1993
Sepultura
Chaos A.D.
30.
1994
Korn
Korn
31.
1990
Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss
32.
1975
Black Sabbath
Sabotage
33.
1992
Megadeth
Countdown to Extinction
34.
1971
Black Sabbath
Master of Reality
35.
1983
Metallica
Kill 'Em All
36.
1980
Van Halen
Women and Children First
37.
1980
Black Sabbath
Heaven and Hell
38.
1984
Iron Maiden
Powerslave
39.
1994
Pantera
Far Beyond Driven
40.
1994
Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
41.
1992
Kyuss
Blues for the Red Sun
42.
1980
Diamond Head
Lightning to the Nations
43.
1978
Judas Priest
Stained Class
44.
1983
Mötley Crüe
Shout at the Devil
45.
1985
Exodus
Bonded by Blood
46.
2004
Mastodon
Leviathan
47.
1988
Slayer
South of Heaven
48.
1976
Rainbow
Rising
49.
1996
Neurosis
Through Silver in Blood
50.
2001
Slipknot
Iowa
Rank
 
Artist
Album
51.
1993
Carcass
Heartwork
52.
1983
Def Leppard
Pyromania
53.
1993
Type O Negative
Bloody Kisses
54.
1992
Helmet
Meantime
55.
2001
Opeth
Blackwater Park
56.
1999
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity
57.
1997
Emperor
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
58.
1993
Life of Agony
River Runs Red
59.
1988
Napalm Death
From Enslavement to Obliteration
60.
1991
Melvins
Bullhead
61.
2001
Converge
Jane Doe
62.
1999
Sleep
Jerusalem
63.
1989
Sodom
Agent Orange
64.
1989
Godflesh
Streetcleaner
65.
1992
Faith No More
Angel Dust
66.
2000
Deftones
White Pony
67.
1988
Queensrÿche
Operation: Mindcrime
68.
1994
Marilyn Manson
Portrait of an American Family
69.
1989
Soundgarden
Louder Than Love
70.
1991
Death
Human
71.
1988
Living Colour
Vivid
72.
2002
Isis
Oceanic
73.
1982
Scorpions
Blackout
74.
1981
Venom
Welcome to Hell
75.
1993
Morbid Angel
Covenant
76.
1984
Twisted Sister
Stay Hungry
77.
1995
Meshuggah
Destroy Erase Improve
78.
1988
Voivod
Dimension Hatröss
79.
1995
At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul
80.
1992
Ministry
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
81.
1987
Bathory
Under the Sign of the Black Mark
82.
1990
Entombed
Left Hand Path
83.
2007
Baroness
The Red Album
84.
2005
High on Fire
Blessed Black Wings
85.
1994
Darkthrone
Transilvanian Hunger
86.
2003
Lamb of God
As the Palaces Burn
87.
1984
Manowar
Hail to England
88.
2004
Pig Destroyer
Terrifyer
89.
2004
Nightwish
Once
90.
1992
Body Count
Body Count
91.
1990
Naked City
Torture Garden
92.
1993
Eyehategod
Take as Needed for Pain
93.
1992
White Zombie
La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One
94.
2013
Deafheaven
Sunbather
95.
1992
Dream Theater
Images and Words
96.
2013
Kvelertak
Meir
97.
2005
Gojira
From Mars to Sirius
98.
2009
Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions
99.
2003
Evanescence
Fallen
100.
2005
Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil
+1
level 68
Jan 12, 2019
So if you are familiar with Rolling Stone's top anything of all time lists, you know they have little idea what they're talking about, and this list is no exception. Entire genres get snubbed. Plenty of entries on this list aren't metal at all. Big name bands are over-represented, while several others are underrepresented, or the album given isn't even that band's best. Some complete garbage makes the list while much more deserving entries are left off. Business as usual for Rolling Stone.
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Jan 12, 2019
A few of the more egregious things they left off: Judas Priest - Painkiller, Pantera - Cowboys From Hell, Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark, Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar, Fear Factory (anything, but I'd say Demanufacture or Obsolete), Kamelot - The Black Halo, anything from Blind Guardian, Symphony X (either The Divine Wings of Tragedy or The Odyssey)... the list goes on.
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