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Metallica Albums Ranked

Metallica are by far the most commercially successful of any of the ‘Big 4′ thrash bands, and are in fact one of the successful bands in metal or any other genre. Their lineup has also been pretty stable with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich there from the beginning and Kirk Hammett on board since the recording of their debut album Kill ‘Em All.

They have had a few different bassists. After the tragic death of Cliff Burton in 1986, Jason Newsted took over and was in the band for fifteen years. Robert Trujillo replaced him in 2003. Producer Bob Rock held down the low end at one point, playing on 2003‘s St. Anger.

After a flurry of albums early in their career, Metallica’s output has slowed to a trickle. Their first five studio albums came out within eight years, while in the past 20 years they have released four. A new album is expected sometime in 2016, and once it’s released we’ll be able to figure out its place in their pantheon. In the meantime, we’re ranking their nine full-length proper studio albums from worst to best. That means releases like Garage Inc., S&M and Lulu (a collaboration with Lou Reed) are not included.

Click through the gallery above to see how we’ve ranked Metallica’s albums!

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