Ride The Lightning (studio album) by Metallica

Ride The Lightning
Ride The Lightning by Metallica
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 189th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,169 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1984 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (22nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (189th)
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Metallica bestography

Ride The Lightning is ranked 2nd best out of 23 albums by Metallica on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Metallica is Master Of Puppets which is ranked number 103 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,578.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 86 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.4/100, a mean average of 81.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.0.

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95/100
From 01/16/2021 03:32
VERY strong album, escape should have been omitted however. That would make the album almost flawless for me
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85/100
From 12/01/2020 11:53
I consider this to be their strongest album. Heavier than "Master of Puppets" and much more mature than "Kill 'em all", it combines the best of two worlds. Personally, I am not really into metal, but when I am in the mood, this is the stuff. Overall, 85/100.
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From 11/09/2020 05:38
I think is my favorite album I've heard from Metallica so far. There's just something about it that I love, but I can't put my finger on it.
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From 10/28/2020 01:12
I fucking love Metallica
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From 10/04/2020 09:50
Masterpiece of metal music.

Favorites:
+For whom the bell tolls
+Creeping death
+Call of Ktulu
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From 09/12/2020 23:52
Great follow up to 'Kill 'em All' with the songwriting becoming more solid. 'Creeping Death' & 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' both deserving the accolades and becoming a staple part of the live shows. Two of the greatest metal songs written. Rest of the albums not bad either
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90/100
From 05/01/2020 01:02
This album has some of my favourite riffs of all time.

You may have issues with Metallica and their career decisions after the Black Album but here you have them at their best, when Cliff & Co. had already poured out all their teenage angst and where getting in line to create serious epic music.

I know Master of Puppets has Orion, but for me, Fade to Black and the Call of Ktulu were the songs that got me hooked with their sound. That's why I kept it as one of my best ever.
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From 02/13/2020 08:19
Ride the lighting is their heaviest album, and while the production is a little muddy and distant, it has the best riffs and Kirk hammetts solos IMO. Nearly every song in here is a Metallica staple. This is a must have for any Metallica fan and is just as good, and could be argued to be better than, master of puppets.
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From 05/31/2019 03:05
While it is immediately obvious that 'Trapped Under Ice' and 'Escape' are not at the level of the rest of the album, that is only because this album is filled up with incredible songs. FFWF is standard thrash (except the beautiful acoustic intro), and also probably a level below the behemoths making up the remaining five songs.
For Whom the Bell Tolls is 5:10 and the rest all run over six minutes. Do they earn their length? Yep. Every song has several memorable sections, strung together very well. The progression from Kill Em All to Ride the Lightning is pretty astonishing. This is most apparent in the lyrics, which become an essential part of each song (except Ktulu of course), telling stories that fit the music perfectly.
I would recommend this album to any fan of hard rock generally. While I understand why some people have a bias against Metallica, I can't imagine you could find too many people into this kind of music that couldn't find more than a few things to like.
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From 02/22/2019 19:16
Most entertaining, perfect Metallica album.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
3. The Smiths by The Smiths
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
11. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
12. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
13. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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