Heavy metal has existed for over half a century, and over the course of its existence, there have been thousands upon thousands of albums released.
Of those albums, it is a hell of a task to name all of the greatest works of metal; naming only a few, there is Black Sabbath‘s self-titled album, Metallica‘s Master of Puppets, Pantera‘s Cowboys From Hell, Slipknot‘s Iowa, System of a Down‘s Toxicity, and Ozzy Osbourne‘s Blizzard of Oz.
And of all those albums considered masterful works of metal, how does one even come to decide which is the greatest heavy metal album of all time? Well, back in 2017, Rolling Stone took on such a task.
After much time and debate, the Rolling Stone team published a feature where they ranked the 100 greatest heavy metal albums of all time (according to them). This list features a great variety of metal, with each subgenre being represented.
But, considering all the astounding works of metal that have been released over the decades, what record does the Rolling Stone staff consider to be the greatest metal album of all time?
Well, without further ado, the record that Rolling Stone named the greatest metal album of all time is none other than Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
The record was released in 1970 and is the band’s second studio album; among the band’s fans, it is one of the most beloved albums in Black Sabbath’s discography.
The album features some of Black Sabbath’s biggest hits, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
What do you make of Rolling Stone naming Black Sabbath’s Paranoid as the greatest metal album of all time? Do you agree? If not, what record would you name the greatest? If you are interested in reading what Rolling Stone had to say about the album and to see what other metal records made the list, follow this link here.