Tune Talk: Top 5 Metal Albums

Willie Williams , Staff Writer

5. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
Of course Black Sabbath’s most popular album is known to of course be “Paranoid.” With this album topping to charts in 1970, Black Sabbath became a household metal name with every metal head knowing their music and pretty much everything about them in general. With songs like “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” “Hand of Doom,” “Rat Salad,” and of course “Paranoid,” of course this was an amazing metal album that topped charts.

4. Ace of Spades by Motorhead
This album is legitimately the greatest Motorhead album ever to be released. Not only is that my own personal opinion, but it’s accurate to any metal head and Motorhead fan known to man. Motorhead wasn’t exactly a HUGE band at the time, that was at least before they released this chart topping album. With songs like “Shoot You in the Back,” “Jailbait,” “Fire Fire,” “Fast and Loose,” “(We Are) Road Crew,” “Live to Win,” “Love Me Like a Reptile,” and of course their biggest hit, “Ace of Spades,” Motorhead became metal legends and is a role model to some of the biggest metal bands we know today. Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Slipknot, and others are heavily influenced by Motorhead.

3. Rust in Peace by MegaDeth
Although MegaDeth’s most successful album is known to be “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buyin?” Their “Rust in Peace” album had an extremely awesome track list. With songs like “Hangar 18,” “Dawn Patrol,” “Tornado of Souls,” “Rust in Peace… Polaris,” and of course “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.” This album is actually known to be one of MegaDeth’s metal defining albums. And personally I just really love this album and I highly recommend it to any metal head who hasn’t taken a listen to this great album.

2. The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden. The band that pretty much defines metal other than Metallica of course. Iron Maiden’s 1982 “The Number of the Beast” topped charts almost as soon as it was released. With huge hit songs like “Children of the Damned,” “22 Acacia Avenue,” “Hallowed be Thy Name,” “The Number of the Beast,” and of course their biggest hit of all time, “Run to the Hills,” Iron Maiden was and has always been loved for this album. No other Iron Maiden album will ever be able to top the work of this great record.

1. Ride the Lightning by Metallica
Although Metallica’s 1986 album, “Master of Puppets,” is known to be much more popular than the album I have listed, “Ride the Lightning” is known to be loved by fans much more than “Master of Puppets.” Why you may ask? Well simply because of the track listing. Although “Master of Puppets” has great songs like “Battery,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” and of course, “Master of Puppets,” it’s nothing compared to “Ride the Lighting.” “Ride the Lightning” had “Creeping Death,” “From Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Fade to Black,” “Ride the Lightning,” “Escape,” and of course their best instrumental song, “The Call of Ktulu.” You can’t say I’m wrong either. Ask any normal die-hard Metallica fan, they’ll agree that Metallica’s best album ever is indeed “Ride the Lightning.”