The Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time

My brother Dennis and I recently compiled a list of our Top 10 Metal Albums of All Time. We both play guitar although Dennis has been playing a lot more than I have recently and his chops are in much better shape than mine are these days. This is the music we grew up listening to. Anytime you have a list like this it’s going to going to be subjective as to who makes it and who doesn’t. We felt these were not only the best albums but also the most influential. Some of the ground rules: it has to be Heavy Metal to be on the list. Even though I love Van Halen they aren’t heavy metal so they aren’t here. Neither are bands like Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, Def Leppard or AC/DC. Eventually there will be Top 10 Guitar Albums of All Time list and look for VH to be on that one.

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screaming for vengeance

10. Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance – This was the Priest’s breakthrough album. This album not only propelled the Priest to new heights but also gave metal an audience on radio and MTV. 80s metal owes a huge debt of gratitude to Screaming.

9. Motley Crue: Shout at the Devil – The Crue’s 2nd album was their breakthrough. The Crue were the most influential of the LA metal/hair bands.

8. Pantera: Cowboys from Hell – Pantera changed directions from glam metal and got down to business on Cowboys. One of the most influential metal albums of all time.

7. Dio: Holy Diver – Generally recognized as Dio’s best solo work.

6. Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell – Ozzy is a true original, but Ronnie James Dio clearly had one of the finest and most powerful voices in a genre that celebrates over the top vocals. The fresh start provided by the pint-sized American powerhouse clearly re-energized Tony Iommi. This album is just what the doctor ordered.

5. Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz – Randy Rhoads was an absolute monster on guitar – impeccable phrasing and intonation; killer tone. Crazy Train and I Don’t Know are two of the greatest metal songs ever.

4. Metallica: Kill ‘Em All – Metallica’s debut was a monster. Hit the Lights, The Four Horsemen, No Remorse and the timeless Seek and Destroy. The birth of thrash metal.

3. Iron Maiden: Powerslave – The Egyptian themed classic was Maiden’s best. Powerslave is clearly Iron Maiden at their Iron Maiden-est. The title track is pretty much the culmination of what they had been moving towards since Bruce Dickinson joined the band.

2. Black Sabbath: Paranoid – Tony Iommi was not only a great guitar player he came up with some of the greatest metal riffs of all time on this album. The killer title track, Iron Man, War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots. Paranoid is indisputably one of the most influential albums of all time.

1. Judas Priest: Painkiller – The absolute greatest metal album and song of all time. This is Glenn’s best solo – even better than Electric Eye. Scott’s drumming is as good as it gets. Heavy Metal by definition is supposed to be over the top. Priest were at their bombastic best on Painkiller.