Ride The Lightning (studio album) by Metallica

Ride The Lightning
Ride The Lightning by Metallica
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 192nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,105 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1984 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (22nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (192nd)
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Metallica bestography

Ride The Lightning is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by Metallica on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Metallica is Master Of Puppets which is ranked number 110 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,683.

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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 83.2/100, a mean average of 81.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.

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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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85/100
From 01/06/2019 10:20
Puta pedrada repleta de clássicos rapidíssimos!
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From 12/07/2018 20:27
The best possible introduction to thrash metal. In addition to the requisite bludgeoning riffs and deep power rhythm section, it also has some melody that can be followed and understandable lyrics. And while this may be a great entry point, it in no way loses its luster for the thrash aficionado. This album is rightfully considered one of the elite in the genre.
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From 09/03/2018 12:57
The interesting rhythmic breaks make this thrash metal listenable for people who aren’t really fan of any subgenre of heavy metal like me. It doesn’t surprise me that a lot of metal fans point at this one when asked about what the most important metal album is.
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From 05/07/2018 01:27
Imo Metallica's best album, it's definitive of thrash metal.
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From 05/06/2018 12:00
A highly consistent and truly great album. Often rivals MoP for my favourite Metallica album. I like the raw, young Hetfield, and it's more sophisticated and more complex and ambitious than their debut.
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From 04/15/2018 10:03
This is the album that got me hooked on metal. A masterpiece and a stone cold classic.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
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. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
11. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
12. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Reckoning by R.E.M.
15. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
16. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Diamond Life by Sade
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
20. Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt
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