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Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time

Note: these are only for the traditional style of metal borne out of the period of late 60s - late 80s. Modern bands are permitted but they need to be playing in that style.

Recommendations are welcome. I'll listen and if I like it, I'll add it.

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
4. Deep Purple - In Rock
5. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III

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Created by ZOMBIESiTellsYa on 09.11.2017



Top Ten Riffs Of Each Decade

While the order in each decade is purely personal preference, there are several rules for a song qualifying for the list. First off, the band has to be notable. I'm not going to define what that means, but I'm sure you'd agree all the bands in the list are notable. There are plenty of riffs from obscure bands I'd rather put, but I know my love for Tarby doesn't make him the greatest riff maker of the 21st century. Second, each artist can only appear once in a decade, this is to prevent the best riff makers from hogging the list and adding some variety, showing how metal has changed over time. Decades are measured by when the song was recorded, not released, and when it's unclear the beginning of recording is used. This is mainly because a lot of definitive early metal songs were released in 1970, but recorded in 1969. Third, the song itself has to be notable. Here are things that can qualify as being notable: the song was release as a single, has music video made for it, was released as a single, was the title track for an album (note that Crawl through Knives meets this criteria because it was the original title for Come Clarity, and there is no way in hell Come Clarity is getting best riff of the decade ), is included on a greatest hits compilation album, was nominated for a Grammy or musical award of similar caliber, was included as a track in a notable film or video game, was covered by a notable band, or has a Wikipedia page for some miscellaneous reason. Finally, the song needs to be metal. Misirlou gets the pass despite predating metal as it was probably the single most influential song on the development of metal, and while many of the other songs in the other songs are better classified as hard rock, I can find a source listing them as heavy metal.

1. 60s:
2. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
3. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
4. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
5. Deep Purple - In Rock

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Created by Ganondox on 04.08.2017



Dark Warrior's Top 50 Metal Albums

1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
3. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
4. Dio - Holy Diver
5. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith

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Created by Dark Warrior on 22.01.2017



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100 Greatest Metal Bands

Pretty self-explanatory, with a couple caveats: first, this is mostly just a list of my favorite metal bands in approximate order (after the top 10 or so the order matters far less), with extra weight given to influence and timelessness of sound; and second, the albums selected are not necessarily the band's "best" album, or even my personal favorite -- they are the albums that I feel best represent the band's classic sound and/or well-represent the span of their career. List includes all sub-genres of metal and some post-metal metal. Feel free to spew your hatred below. \m/ (xx) \m/

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
4. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
5. Slayer - Reign In Blood

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Created by saw_you_drown on 03.06.2015



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TOP ALBUMS OF 1980

1. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
2. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
3. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
4. AC/DC - Back In Black
5. Rush - Permanent Waves

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Created by achil on 20.03.2014



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Black Sabbath, Ozzy And Dio And Co. - Best To Worst

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
4. Rainbow - Rising
5. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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Created by RaduP on 05.03.2014



Top 20 Metal Albums Of The 80's

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
2. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
3. Slayer - Reign In Blood
4. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
5. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

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Created by Daylan on 25.01.2014



DL's

Albums I have downloaded and are in the process of obtaining

1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
3. AC/DC - High Voltage
4. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
5. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

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Created by Darkpeing on 19.10.2013



Top 15 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1980

1. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
3. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
4. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
5. Judas Priest - British Steel

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Created by Mrtvozornik on 09.10.2013



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Rock & Metal Ballads Collection

Compilation of many Hard Rock or Metal Ballads I've heard. Bands and Albums are ordered by name alphabetically.

1. Accept - Balls To The Wall
2. Accept - Blood Of The Nations
3. Accept - Eat The Heat
4. Adagio - Underworld
5. Aerosmith - Aerosmith

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Created by Alpha on 27.09.2013



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The "Must Have" And The "Could Have" Metal Albums Of The 80's

These are the 100 essential hard rock/metal albums of the 80's, as were selected by the Greek Magazine "Metal Hammer". (August 2001)

The albums followed by a star are the "must have", whereas the rest albums are the "could have".

1. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
2. AC/DC - Back In Black
3. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
4. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
5. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

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Created by Tzo87 on 25.08.2013



My Favorite Song(s) From (almost) Every album I Own

This is unfinished

1. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
2. Alestorm - Black Sails At Midnight
3. Alestorm - Back Through Time
4. Almôra - Gates Of Time
5. Ancient Rites - Dim Carcosa

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Created by metalwolf666 on 03.04.2013



Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
3. Judas Priest - Stained Class
4. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
5. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Created by Metal Ern on 30.03.2013



My Top 50 Favourite Metal Albums

A cross selection of Thrash, Old School, Progressive, Power and Hair Metal.

1. Five Finger Death Punch - The Way Of The Fist
2. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
3. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
4. AC/DC - Back In Black
5. Crimson Glory - Transcendence

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Created by pboland2 on 15.01.2013



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A List Of Great Debut Albums

A lot of bands have great debut albums. Obviously this list is just a fraction of all the great debut albums out there, but it's a start. I'll keep expanding this list continuously, so all suggestions are welcome (granted they are featured on MS). All the albums here are ranked according to genre and then alphabetically. If a certain album belongs to the (in your opinion) wrong genre, then definitely let me know.

1. [Avantgarde]
2. Aarni - Bathos
3. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
4. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
5. Sadness - Ames De Marbre

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Created by Erik M. on 30.11.2012