Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke in an interview made by Rolling Stone magazine and revealed his 15 favorite albums.

Here’s the list:



15. AC/DC – Let There Be Rock (1977)

“This is AC/DC’s heaviest record, AC/DC’s densest record, AC/DC’s most energetic record.”

14. Alice in Chains – Dirt (1992)

“It’s just an incredibly deep, dark record. Obviously, ‘Rooster’ is this incredible, beautiful song. I didn’t know if it was about Jerry’s dad or what. But ‘Rain When I Die’ and ‘Dam That River’ and all that were super heavy, short songs that were great. It’s crazy. It was probably one of the one or two records from ’92 that I listened to the most.”

13. Black Sabbath – Sabotage (1975)

“I know for a lot of Black Sabbath people, it’s ‘Paranoid’ or ‘Master of Reality.’ To me, the fucking one-two punch of ‘Hole in the Sky’ and then ‘Symptom of the Universe,’ that’s where it peaked for me.”

12. Blue Oyster Cult – On Your Feet or on Your Knees (1975)

“Blue Oyster Cult also had that New York connection: downtown intellectual, part of the New York, CBGBs scene. Patti Smith had a relationship with the keyboard played, Allen [Lanier]. They were sort of part of that New York intellectual scene that Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground came from. This is a little more thought out and little bit smarter compared to the sort of neanderthal approach that some other rock bands had at the time. It has a finesse to it.”

11. Deep Purple – Made in Japan (1972)

“There’s probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical. ‘Made in Japan’ is the first record from Deep Purple that I had my hands on, and I got to know all the songs.”

10. Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations (1980)

“If you’re gonna say, ‘Name one record that’s the blueprint for Metallica’s sound,’ this is it. I’ve said that a thousand times; I’ve said it 10,000 times.”


9. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

“What can I say about Appetite that hasn’t already been said? It’s one of the handful of greatest rock records ever recorded.”

8. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)

“I’ve always been very open about how Iron Maiden inspired Metallica. We always cite them as a main influence. They were just cooler than other bands.”

7. Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East (1979)

“This is Judas Priest at their early peak. With a lot of harder rock and European bands, there came a point where they wanted to crack the American market and started writing singles – shorter songs – and not necessarily in a bad way, but some started deviating from their point of origin. This is just Judas Priest at their absolute best in a live situation, before the hit singles.”

6. Mercyful Fate – Melissa (1983)

“This was their first proper album. It was a huge, huge, huge influence on a lot of the next generation of bands, like ourselves, and they were also great friends and became partners in crime.”

5. Motorhead – Overkill (1979)

“I had never heard anything that sounded like that. It blew my head off.”

4. Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)

“With Rage Against the Machine, every one of their records is, to me, just essential. On their two first records, there’s a youthful and incredibly antagonistic energy, but in terms of the craft of songs and streamlining everything that this band stands for in my mind, this is where it all maximized and this is where it came together at the most potent level.”

3. System of a Down – Toxicity (2001)

“It was political, it was crazy, it was kooky, it was energetic, it was incredibly, from a songwriting point of view, well-crafted. It was very inspirational on what we did, and I loved the whole thing about how the songs were so short and to the point and that was something we never had a lot of luck with, and it’s just one of the all-time great records.”

2. UFO – Strangers in the Night (1979)

“This is almost the definitive hard-rock live album.”

1. Warrior Soul – The Space Age Playboys (1994)

“If you put on ‘Rocket Engines,’ it fucking starts frenetic – it’s heavy, it’s punky, it’s energetic.”