500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Metallica, 'Master of Puppets'
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167. Metallica, 'Master of Puppets'

Elektra, 1986

Metallica's third album has a lyrical theme: manipulation. "Drugs controlling you," singer-guitarist James Hetfield said. It also has a sonic theme: really loud guitars, played at warhead speed. When the band slows down on "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," it just emphasizes the unrelenting nature of the rest of the songs.

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