Metallica

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was recently asked by Rolling Stone to name his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums, and the list packs a punch. Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 blockbuster Appetite for Destruction, AC/DC’s 1977 collection Let There Be Rock and Deep Purple’s 1972 live album Made in Japan all made the list.

On Guns N’ Roses, Ulrich calls Appetite for Destruction "the blueprint for literally thousands of bands." True!

AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock, according to Ulrich, is AC/DC's "heaviest...densest...most energetic record."

Regarding Made in Japan, Ulrich states, “Deep Purple obviously had a handful of insane songs, from 'Highway Star' to 'Smoke on the Water' to 'Speed King' to all the rest of them. But there's probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical."

Ulrich champions a few contemporary albums, too, such as System of a Down’s Toxicity and Rage Against the Machine’s The Battle of Los Angeles.

Rolling Stone recently released its "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" list, and No. 1 was Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Metallica was No. 2 with Master of Puppets.

Lars Ulrich's 15 Favorite Metal and Hard Rock Albums, in Alphabetical Order:

AC/DC -- Let There Be Rock
Alice in Chains -- Dirt
Black Sabbath -- Sabotage
Blue Oyster Cult -- On Your Feet or On Your Knees
Deep Purple -- Made in Japan
Diamond Head -- Lightning to the Nations 
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Iron Maiden -- The Number of the Beast 
Judas Priest -- Unleashed in the East 
Mercyful Fate -- Melissa 
Motorhead -- Overkill 
Rage Against the Machine -- The Battle of Los Angeles
System of a Down -- Toxicity 
UFO -- Strangers in the Night 
Warrior Soul -- The Space Age Playboys