Las listas siempre generan polémica y más si estas abordan temas tan polémicos como el Metal, un género con tantas variantes que incluso los propios “metaleros” no logran ponerse de acuerdo, sin embargo, la revista Rolling Stone se aventuró recientemente a crear la lista con los 100 mejores discos de metal.

La lista contiene a las agrupaciones y artistas clásicas del género, así como algunas bandas pertenecientes a la escena underground del metal, pero también incluye a grupos más recientes como Avenged Sevenfold y Evanescence, por lo que la polémica no se ha hecho esperar.

Los primeros lugares son ocupados por Black Sabbath y su Paranoid de 1970; le sigue Metallica con Master of Puppets, estrenado en 1986; el British Steel de Judas Priest, publicado en 1980, The Number of the Beast, lanzado en el1982 por Iron Maiden; y de nuevo Black Sabbath con su disco homónimo de 1970. 

La lista completa es la siguiente

1 Black Sabbath (Paranoid, 1970)

2 Metallica (Master of Puppets, 1986)

 

3 Judas Priest (British Steel, 1980)

 

4 Iron Maiden (The Number of the Beast, 1982)

 

5 Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath, 1970)

 

6 Slayer (Reign in Blood, 1986)

7 Motörhead (No Remorse, 1984)

8 Megadeth (Peace Sells … but Who’s Buying?, 1986)
9 Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard of Ozz, 1980)
10 Pantera (Vulgar Display of Power, 1992)

11 Metallica (Ride the Lightning, 1984)
12 Judas Priest (Screaming for Vengeance, 1982)
13 Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden, 1980)
14 Black Sabbath (Vol.4, 1972)
15 Ozzy Osbourne (Diary of a Madman, 1981)
16 Dio (Holy Diver, 1983)
17 Mercyful Fate (Melissa, 1983)
18 Tool (Ænima, 1996)
19 Megadeth (Rust in Peace, 1990)
20 Anthrax (Among the Living, 1987)
21 Metallica (…And Justice for All, 1988)
22 Mötley Crüe (Too Fast for Love, 1981)
23 Danzig (Danzig, 1988)
24 Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
25 Metallica (Metallica, 1991)
26 Alice in Chains (Dirt, 1992)
27 System of a Down (Toxicity, 2001)
28 Celtic Frost (Morbid Tales, 1984)
29 Sepultura (Chaos A.D. 1993)
30 Korn (Korn, 1994)
31 Slayer (Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
32 Black Sabbath (Sabotage, 1975)
33 Megadeth (Countdown to Extinction, 1992)
34 Black Sabbath (Master of Reality, 1971)
35 Metallica (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
36 Van Halen (Women and Children First, 1980)
37 Black Sabbath (Heaven and Hell, 1980)
38 Iron Maiden (Powerslave, 1984)
39 Pantera (Far Beyond Driven, 1994)
40 Mayhem (De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, 1994)
41 Kyuss (Blues for the Red Sun, 1992)
42 Diamond Head (Lightning to the Nations, 1980)
43 Judas Priest (Stained Class, 1978)
44 Mötley Crüe (Shout at the Devil, 1983)
45 Exodus (Bonded by Blood, 1985)
46 Mastodon (Leviathan, 2004)
47 Slayer (South of Heaven, 1988)
48 Rainbow (Rising, 1976)
49 Neurosis (Through Silver in Blood, 1996)
50 Slipknot (Iowa, 2001)
51 Carcass (Heartwork, 1993)
52 Def Leppard (Pyromania, 1983)
53 Type O Negative (Bloody Kisses, 1993)
54 Helmet (Meantime, 1992)
55 Opeth (Blackwater Park, 2001)
56 The Dillinger (Escape Plan Calculating Infinity, 1999)
57 Emperor (Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, 1997)
58 Life of Agony (River Runs Red, 1993)
59 Napalm Death (From Enslavement to Obliteration, 1988)
60 Melvins (Bullhead, 1991)
61 Converge (Jane Doe, 2001)
62 Sleep (Jerusalem, 1999)
63 Sodom (Agent Orange, 1989)
64 Godflesh (Streetcleaner, 1989)
65 Faith No More (Angel Dust, 1992)
66 Deftones (White Pony, 2000)
67 Queensrÿche (Operation: Mindcrime, 1988)
68 Marilyn Manson (Portrait of an American Family, 1994)
69 Soundgarden (Louder Than Love, 1989)
70 Death (Human, 1991)
71 Living Colour (Vivid, 1988)
72 Isis (Oceanic, 2002)
73 Scorpions (Blackout, 1982)
74 Venom (Welcome to Hell, 1981)
75 Morbid Angel (Covenant, 1993)
76 Twisted Sister (Stay Hungry, 1984)
77 Meshuggah (Destroy Erase Improve, 1995)
78 Voivod (Dimension Hatröss, 1988)
79 At the Gates (Slaughter of the Soul, 1995)
80 Ministry (Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs , 1992)
81 Bathory (Under the Sign of the Black Mark, 1987)
82 Entombed (Left Hand Path, 1990)
83 Baroness (The Red Album, 2007)
84 High on Fire (Blessed Black Wings, 2005)
85 Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger, 1994)
86 Lamb of God (As the Palaces Burn, 2003)
87 Manowar (Hail to England, 1984)
88 Pig Destroyer (Terrifyer, 2004)
89 Nightwish (Once, 2004)
90 Body Count (Body Count, 1992)
91 Naked City (Torture Garden, 1990)

92 Eyehategod (Take as Needed for Pain, 1993)
93 White Zombie (La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, 1992)
94 Deafheaven (Sunbather, 2013)
95 Dream Theater (Images and Words, 1992)
96 Kvelertak (Meir, 2013)
97 Gojira (From Mars to Sirius, 2005)
98 Sunn O))) (Monoliths & Dimensions, 2009)
99 Evanescence (Fallen, 2003)
100 Avenged (Sevenfold City of Evil, 2005)