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Making My Way Through The MS Top 200

The MS top 200 is supposed to represent the absolute peak of metal music, the timeless classics. I have been listening to metal for about 6 years now and would consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the genre. Yet, I have barely heard half of what the top 200 has to offer. I am now on a quest to listen to it all and give an honest opinion on what I thought of it.
This list will show every album of the top 200 and if I've listened to it whether it's an all-time favourite of mine (+++), I really like it (++), I like it (+), I don't think it's anthing special (*), I dislike it (-) or I really dislike it (--). The same symbols will be used to characterize what I think my opinion of the albums I haven't heard yet will be, based on my knowledge of the band and of the genre they play. (?) signifies that I have no idea of whether I'll enjoy it or not and (/) means that my opinion of the album is probably obsolete and I need to listen to it again.
The way the top 200 works makes it so that the albums at the bottom of the list are actually tied with other albums, but those other albums do not show up in the list. To make this list better, I decided that every album rated 8.74 (the lowest score included in the top 200) as of 23/04/2023 would be included in my list, making it a top 215.

1. Albums I am yet to hear:
2. -----------------------------
3. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
4. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
5. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die

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Created by doez on 13.04.2023


Albums that I'm going to listened to.

1. Enslaved - Isa
2. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
3. Enslaved - RIITIIR
4. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
5. Be'lakor - Vessels

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Created by P3YM4N on 10.04.2023

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A collection of totally family-friendly jams fitting the spooky season. One song per band!

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. Slayer - South of Heaven
3. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
4. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
5. King Diamond - Abigail

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Created by Qualeen on 31.10.2022

My Top 50 Albums Of 1990-1999

1. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
2. Empyrium - Songs Of Moors And Misty Fields
3. Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
4. Opeth - Still Life
5. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory

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Created by JHK on 10.10.2022

Top Metal Albums Of All Time

I started listening to metal music when I was a teenager, somewhere around the end of the 90's. After all these years, I thought it was high time to compose my personal top list of metal albums. What you see here is the absolute best of the best ... according to my taste.

To compile this list I have put all albums that I have given a 10/10 here on MS. Then I have put all these albums in a Ranking Engine ( where they were put head to head and I had to choose which I liked more. The list below is what came out of this exercise.

1. Opeth - Deliverance
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
4. Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
5. Cobalt - Eater of Birds

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Created by Miohn on 18.09.2022

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Top 50 Of 1995-1999

1. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
2. Sentenced - Amok
3. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
4. Anathema - Alternative 4
5. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding

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Created by Alex Avagianos on 19.08.2022

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Top Metal Albums Each Year I Have Been Alive, 1995

A little list series where I list my top 20 favorite metal albums every year starting from the year I was born in.

1995 was amazing, great Black metal albums, Iconic power metal releases, Death second best album and one of the best years for gothic metal. I had to make some rough cuts, so as honorable mentions: Stormcrowfleet by Skepticism, De Profundis by Vader, Destroy Erase Improve by Meshuggah, Ночь Короче Дня by Aria and Orchid by Opeth, 95 was a great year for metal🤘🤘

My favorite non metal albums of 1995

1. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
By The Smashing Pumpkins (Alternative Rock, Dream Pop, Grunge)

2. Post
By Björk (Art Pop, Electronic)

3. Brown Sugar
By D'Angelo (Neo Soul, Contemporary R&B)

4. Wowee Zowee
By Pavement (Indie Rock, Noise Rock)

5. Liquid Swords
By Genius/GZA (East coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop)

My favorite movie from 1995

1. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
2. Death - Symbolic
3. Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free
4. The Gathering - Mandylion
5. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times

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Created by Handala on 27.07.2022


Welcome to what I consider the "Metal Bible" or in other words, a list of records of various genres in the arrays of Metal and Hard Rock that I deem essential or at least very recommended to listeners of hard and heavy music. This may be a very overwhelming list but I essentially try to collect all albums in the History of Metal that strike me as worthwhile. May this be a guideline for people that seek for an entrance to a particular genre or certain bands. In no means I am saying, that this list is indisputable by any means. I consider these my personal picks for albums that should be listened to by die-hard metal fans at least once. Hopefully you can discover some new music or relate with my picks. If I missed something that you would include in such a list, please tell me in the form of a comment. Enjoy! \,,/

1. High Tide - Sea Shanties
2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
4. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
5. Josefus - Dead Man

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Created by pandrstudios on 31.05.2022

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Top 11 Favourite Metal Albums Of 1995

Plus my top three favourite tracks from each release. \m/

Honourable mentions:
Anathema - The Silent Enigma (Doom/Death)
The Gathering - Mandylion (Gothic)
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side (Power)
Saint Vitus - Die Healing (Doom)
Darkthrone - Panzerfaust (Black)
Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings (Power)

1. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
2. Immortal - Battles In The North
3. Moonspell - Wolfheart
4. Death - Symbolic
5. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times

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Created by blackwreath13 on 18.10.2021

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Dark Metal: The Definitive Albums

The purpose of this list is not to find and record which albums are the best but to define Dark Metal. We will try to specify which albums are the definitive examples of Dark Metal. "Dark Metal" is what we would call a "post-subgenre". An album that's not quite Black, not quite Death, sometimes a little Doom or Gothic, other times just Melodic or Symphonic or even "Atmospheric", anything that could fall somewhere in between some or all of these categories, that could probably be a "Dark Metal" album, as long as the tone is somewhat dark.

1. Rotting Christ - Sanctus Diavolos
2. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
3. Nightfall - At Night We Prey
4. Septicflesh - Sumerian Daemons
5. Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest

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Created by NurseryRhyme on 03.10.2021

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200+ Favorite Albums

Note: Tool intentionally ommitted because they don't consider themselves metal. Otherwise you'd see their first 4 albums in top 25.

Last updated: 29 May 2023

1. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
2. Agalloch - The Mantle
3. Opeth - Blackwater Park
4. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
5. Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath

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Created by Qualeen on 30.09.2021

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300+ Greatest Metal Songs (max. 2 songs per album)

These are (in my opinion) the best metal songs of all time. I've limited myself to choosing a maximum of TWO SONGS PER ALBUM so that there can be some diversity in the bands that appear.
The genres are mainly heavy, thrash, and death metal - with some black and power metal too.
Format: Band - Album - SONG

1. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
3. Judas Priest - Painkiller
4. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
5. Dio - Holy Diver

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 24.06.2021

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My Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time (June 2022)

These are my top 100 favorite albums - they are the reason why I love metal!
Format: Band | Album | (genre, release year, country) What I like about the album; Favorite songs
Death: 28
Black: 20
Thrash: 19
Heavy: 15
Progressive: 9
Power: 4
Doom: 4
Symphonic: 1
Years with most album favorites:
1995: 8
1996: 7
1990: 7
1984: 5
Countries with most album favorites:
USA: 35
Sweden: 20
UK: 16
Norway: 6

----Last Update: June 15, 2022----

1. Judas Priest - Painkiller
2. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
3. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
4. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
5. Death - Spiritual Healing

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 09.06.2021

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Andy top black metal albums

My favourite black metal albums listed and ranked, all varieties within the black metal genre.

1. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
2. Summoning - Oath Bound
3. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
4. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
5. Mgła - Exercises In Futility

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Created by AndyMetalFreak on 26.04.2021

Top 20 Of 1995

Must Listen: The First 6

1. Sentenced - Amok
2. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
3. Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free
4. Shadow Gallery - Carved In Stone
5. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side

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Created by Alex Avagianos on 17.04.2021