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10 Best Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of All Time

Any time you try and do a list like this, you need some ground rules. Here are ours: No greatest hits. No live albums. No band or artist can have more than one album on the list. This could get tricky. For example, if we thought both Black Sabbath's Paraniod and Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz belonged here, we'd have had trouble. But alas, though close, neither made the cut…

Another point of contention that comes along is genre. Some albums are easy to classify but others defy labels. We did our best to keep things to commonly accepted descriptions.

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