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Here Are The Best 50 Metal Albums Of The Past 50 Years According To 50 Metal Musicians

Members of Opeth, Dream Theater, Ghost, Megadeth, Conjurer, Cradle Of Filth and more.

Members of Opeth, Dream Theater, Ghost, Megadeth, Conjurer, Cradle Of Filth and more.

Metal Hammer could've sat down and picked the best 50 rock and metal records from the 1960s to present day, but where's the fun in that? Instead, they recruited members of bands such as Opeth, Dream Theater, High On Fire, Ghost, Amon Amarth, Killswitch Engage and a bunch more to pick 'em. The list gives 10 record choices to each decade and combines both the 60s and 70s, as the latter didn't have much heaviness.

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Personally, I think overlooking Dead Heart In A Dead World by Nevermore in the 2000s was a massive oversight. Draw your own conclusions on what it should replace. Check out the full list below and read everyone's descriptions as to why they chose what they chose here.

The 1960s-70s:
CovenWitchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (chosen by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth)
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath (chosen by Neil Fallon of Clutch)
Deep PurpleMachine Head (chosen by James LaBrie of Dream Theater)
Alice CooperWelcome To My Nightmare (chosen by Rob Zombie)
KissAlive! (chosen by Scott Ian of Anthrax)
ScorpionsIn Trance (chosen by Johanna Sadonis of Lucifer)
Judas PriestSad Wings Of Destiny (chosen by Ben Ward of Orange Goblin)
Led ZeppelinPresence (chosen by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth)
AC/DCLet There Be Rock (chosen by Caleb Shomo of Beartooth)
Van HalenVan Halen (chosen by Michael Starr of Steel Panther)

The 1980s:
Iron MaidenIron Maiden (chosen by Miho of Lovebites)
MotörheadIron Fist (chosen by Matt Pike of Sleep/High On Fire)
DioHoly Diver (chosen by Doro Pesch)
Celtic FrostMorbid Tales (chosen by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge/Tremonti)
PossessedSeven Churches (chosen by Tobias Forge of Ghost)
Bad BrainsI Against I (chosen by Jason Butler of Fever 333)
MetallicaMaster Of Puppets (chosen by Matt Heafy of Trivium)
AnthraxAmong The Living (chosen by Philly Byrne of Gama Bomb)
Def LeppardHysteria (chosen by Tobias Sammet of Avantasia)
HelloweenKeeper Of The Seven Keys – Part II (chosen by Chris Jericho of Fozzy)

The 1990s:
Alice In ChainsFacelift (chosen by Elijah Witt of Cane Hill)
SlayerSeasons In The Abyss (chosen by Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth)
SoundgardenBadmotorfinger (chosen by Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy)
PanteraVulgar Display Of Power (chosen by Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil)
Faith No MoreAngel Dust (chosen by Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage)
Rage Against The MachineRage Against The Machine (chosen by Winston McCall of Parkway Drive)
Type O NegativeBloody Kisses (chosen by Jami Morgan of Code Orange)
MayhemDe Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (chosen by Joey Jordison of Sinsaenum)
The 3rd And The MortalTears Laid In Earth (chosen by Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish)
MeshuggahChaosphere (chosen by Carpenter Brut)

The 2000s:
DeftonesWhite Pony (chosen by Daniel Tompkins of TesseracT)
Linkin ParkHybrid Theory (chosen by Aaron Pauley of Of Mice & Men)
SlipknotIowa (chosen by Dani Winter-Bates of Bury Tomorrow)
At The Drive-InRelationship Of Command (chosen by Eva Spence of Rolo Tomassi)
IncubusMorning View (chosen by Scott Kennedy of Bleed From Within)
Dimmu BorgirPuritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (chosen by Tom Whitty of Dyscarnate)
System Of A DownToxicity (chosen by Brady Deeprose of Conjurer)
Andrew W.K.I Get Wet (chosen by Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom)
Nine Inch NailsWith Teeth (chosen by Justine Jones of Employed To Serve)
Lamb Of GodSacrament (chosen by Loz Taylor of While She Sleeps)

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The 2010s:
MastodonThe Hunter (chosen by Bryan Giles of Red Fang)
BehemothThe Satanist (chosen by Pat Sheridan of Fit For An Autopsy)
ArchitectsLost Forever/Lost Together (chosen by Jesper Vicencio of Ghost Iris)
Rolo TomassiGrievances (chosen by Charlie Rolfe of As Everything Unfolds)
Parkway DriveIre (chosen by Jurgen Van Straaten of For I Am King)
GojiraMagma (chosen by Will Gardner of Black Peaks)
NeurosisFires Within Fires (chosen by Colin H. van Eeckhout of Amenra)
Code OrangeForever (chosen by theOGM of Ho99o9)
MykurMareridt (chosen by Ardo Cotones of Calligram)
GhostPrequelle (chosen by Dani Filth of Cradle Of Filth)

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