25 Best / Most Influential Metal Albums of All Time

A Listmania! list by "bass_god"
 
Master of Puppets
1.  Master of Puppets by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Metallica's best album, and the last to feature Cliff Burton."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (844 customer reviews)

Number Of The Beast (Rm)
2.  Number Of The Beast (Rm) by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "With this masterpiece, Iron Maiden opened the doors for heavy metal in the 1980s."
CDN$ 10.00   Used & New from: CDN$ 6.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Rust in Peace
3.  Rust in Peace by Megadeth
The list author says:
  "This monumental thrash album deserves more praise than it gets."
CDN$ 18.53   Used & New from: CDN$ 5.18
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

Paranoid
4.  Paranoid by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "The creators of heavy metal hit their peak with this one."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

Individual Thought Patterns
5.  Individual Thought Patterns by Death
The list author says:
  "The most technical album from the pioneers of death metal."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Live After Death
6.  Live After Death by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Recorded at the peak of their career, this is THE live album."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Slaughter Of The Soul (Ri)
7.  Slaughter Of The Soul (Ri) by At the Gates
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece in the melodic death metal genre."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Cowboys from Hell
8.  Cowboys from Hell by Pantera
The list author says:
  "In the 90s, this band ruled the metal scene with this awesome album."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

Operation Mindcrime
9.  Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche
The list author says:
  "The haunting story of this album is topped only by the stunning music."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

Reign In Blood
10.  Reign In Blood by Slayer
The list author says:
  "At just over 26 minutes long, this is Slayer in all their fast-paced glory."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)

...and Justice for All
11.  ...and Justice for All by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Metallica's most technical output, and a great one. Horrible production though."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (632 customer reviews)

Whoracle (Dlx Ed)
12.  Whoracle (Dlx Ed) by In Flames
The list author says:
  "In Flames made it to the top of the Swedish scene with this amazing album."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Piece of Mind (Remastered CD)
13.  Piece of Mind (Remastered CD) by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Piece of Mind is another Maiden-masterpiece."
CDN$ 13.22   Used & New from: CDN$ 6.76
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Powerslave
14.  Powerslave by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "This album is truly amazing. Steve Harris is at his best here."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Peace Sells But Who's Buying
15.  Peace Sells But Who's Buying by Megadeth
The list author says:
  "An amazing thrashterpiece from MegaDave."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

Ride the Lightning
16.  Ride the Lightning by Metallica
The list author says:
  "This album is essential, everyone is in top form here."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)

Among the Living
17.  Among the Living by Anthrax
The list author says:
  "Anthrax is a highly overlooked band. Give this album a spin, it's amazing."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Jester Race
18.  Jester Race 
The list author says:
  "In Flames broke through with this album, filled with haunting melodies."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Ace of Spades
19.  Ace of Spades by Mot”rhead
The list author says:
  "Motörhead could never top this essential metal album."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Legacy
20.  The Legacy by Testament
The list author says:
  "Some of the best lead-guitar work in all of metal."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1
21.  Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 by Helloween
The list author says:
  "The finest in power metal, Helloween hit the mark with this one."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2
22.  Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2 by Helloween
The list author says:
  "The second part of Helloween's epic tale, and every bit as good as the first."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Something Wicked This Way Come
23.  Something Wicked This Way Come by Iced Earth
The list author says:
  "Another power metal great, with excellent songwriting."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

None So Vile
24.  None So Vile by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "This is about as extreme as metal can get, and the Canadians deliver a brutal album here."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Vulgar Display of Power
25.  Vulgar Display of Power by Pantera
The list author says:
  "Pantera would go downhill after this release, but it remains a great album."
CDN$ 10.00   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)