Ok so starting off this is just my personal preferences, I’m sure you’ll have a different Top 10.

10. St. Anger (2003)

Cross my heart, hope not to die
Swallow evil, ride the sky
Lose myself in a crowded room
You fool, you fool, it’ll be here soon

This is Metallica’s only album as an official trio, as bassist Jason Newsted left the band prior to the recording sessions: the band accepted an offer from Rock to play bass on the album in Newsted’s place.

In 2004, the lead single, “St. Anger”, won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Favourites include Frantic and the title track

9. Load (1996)

And it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger, but there’s no one around
Just want one thing, just to play the king
But the castle crumbled and you’re left with just a name
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?
Where’s your crown?

The album debuted and spent four consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. At 79 minutes, Load is Metallica’s longest studio album.

Favourites include Ain’t My Bitch and The Outlaw Torn.

8. Reload (1997)

What I’ve felt, what I’ve known
Turn the pages, turn the stone
Behind the door, should I open it for you?
Yeah, what I’ve felt, what I’ve known

Sick and tired, I stand alone
Could you be there?
‘Cause I’m the one who waits for you
Or are you unforgiven too?

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album remained on the chart for 75 weeks, and sold just over four million copies in the United States by December 2009.

Favourites include The Memory Remains and The Unforgiven II.

7. Death Magnetic (2008)

New consequence machine
Burn through all your gasoline
Asylum overtime
Never mind
You reach the of the line

Death Magnetic made Metallica the first band to achieve five consecutive number-one studio albums on the U.S. Billboard 200.

The album and its songs were nominated for six Grammy Awards (five in 2009 and one in 2010) and won three, including Best Metal Performance for “My Apocalypse”.

Favourites include Broken, Beat & Scarred and The End of the Line.

6. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016)

When all is pain, may it be
It’s all we’ve ever known
When flame consumes, may it be
It warms our dying bones

When loss has won, may it be
It’s you I’m madly fighting for
When kingdom comes, may it be
We walk right through that open door

This was Metallica’s sixth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 291,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, and topping the charts in 57 countries. The number one ranking marked the second time in history that any band of any genre would have six consecutive albums debut at number one, following only Dave Matthews Band.

Favourites include Spit Out the Bone and Hardwired.

5. Metallica (1991)

New blood joins this Earth
And quickly he’s subdued
Through constant pained disgrace
The young boy learns their rules

With time the child draws in
This whipping boy done wrong
Deprived of all his thoughts
The young man struggles on and on, he’s known
Ooh, a vow unto his own
That never from this day
His will they’ll take away

It debuted at number one in ten countries and spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, making it Metallica’s first album to top the album charts.

Favourites include Enter Sandman and Don’t Tread on Me.

4. …And Justice for All (1988)

Back in the womb it’s much too real
In pumps life that I must feel
But can’t look forward to reveal
Look to the time when I’ll live

Fed through the tube that sticks in me
Just like a wartime novelty
Tied to machines that make me be
Cut this life off from me

Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me

It was the first Metallica album to feature bassist Jason Newsted, following the death of their previous bassist Cliff Burton in 1986.

Favourites include Blackened and One.

3. Ride the Lightning (1984)

Life, it seems, will fade away
Drifting further, every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters, no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Ride the Lightning peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 with no radio exposure.

In 2017, it was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”.

Favourites include Fade to Black and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

2. Kill ‘Em All (1983)

We’re scanning the scene in the city tonight
We’re looking for you to start up a fight
There is an evil feeling in our brains
But there’s nothing new, you know it drives us insane

Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths

The album was originally intended to be titled Metal Up Your Ass.

The album did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it peaked at number 155, following Metallica’s commercial success with its third studio album, Master of Puppets.

Favourites include Whiplash and The Four Horsemen.

1. Master of Puppets (1986)

Welcome to where time stands still
No one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
Just labelled mentally deranged

Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, no windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend, and you will see
The dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
Can’t they see it’s why my brain says rage?

In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Favourites include Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and the title track.


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