Not Surprisingly, Rolling Stone’s Metal Readers Poll Skews On The Ancient Side

Posted by on September 20, 2012

Hey guys, do you like Black Sabbath and Metallica? Apparently, Rolling Stone readers do. In fact, those two bands comprise six of the top ten albums in their reader’s poll of the top ten metal bands of all time. But by “all time,” they really mean “of all time, but ending in 1991.” This is extremely unsurprising, as Rolling Stone readers tend to be either about as old as The Rolling Stones  However, The most recent album on the list is Metallica’s Black Album, which means even the newest album on the list is old enough to drink now.

What’s worse than this unsurprising list is how little the magazine actually knows or seems to care about metal. The writeup of Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast refers to “Run to the Hills” as “Run Through the Hills.”  And while Led Zeppelin is unquestionably a rock band, they’re not metal. Again, we’re not expecting much from Rolling Stone or its readers, but this might be a new low for a magazine that’s done their damnedest to ignore metal, a genre that was essentially spawned the same year as the magazine.


01. Metallica “Master Of Puppets”
02. Black Sabbath “Paranoid”
03. Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”
04. Iron Maiden “The Number Of The Beast”
05. Metallica “…And Justice For All”
06. Slayer “Reign In Blood”
07. Guns N Roses “Appetite For Destruction”
08. Metallica “Metallica”
09. Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin II”
10. Metallica “Ride The Lightning

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