Best Megadeth Albums

After he was kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine started Megadeth. Even though they had numerous personnel changes over the years, they ended up being one of the most influential thrash metal bands. Here are my choices for the best Megadeth albums.

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Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? (1986)

Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying
Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying.

Many believe that Megadeth's best album is Rust In Peace, but for me, by a really narrow margin, I prefer their second album ​Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? It's They really hit their stride on this, their second album. Putting it at number one also has to do with the fact that it came out when I was in high school and it made a deeper emotional connection.

It's a speed metal classic with great songs like "Wake Up Dead," "Devil's Island" and "Peace Sells." The band's songwriting improved quite a bit from their debut album and all these years later it still holds up extremely well.

Recommended Track: Wake Up Dead

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Rust In Peace (1990)

Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Megadeth - Rust In Peace.

When it comes to Megadeth's best lineup, the Rust In Peace era is probably the strongest. It was the first Megadeth record with guitarist Marty Friedman, and when it comes to pure musicianship was their best.

It is a complex and diverse album with some of Megadeth's best known and loved songs include "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," "Hanger 18" and "Tornado of Souls."  Even though it's their most critically well-received album and did go platinum, Rust In Peace was actually their lowest-charting album of the '90s, peaking at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Recommended Track: Hangar 18

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Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!(1985)

Megadeth - Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good.

By 1985 Mustaine has been out of Metallica for a couple years and formed Megadeth. Their debut effort Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good is a short album clocking in at around 30 minutes, and is the band's rawest effort.

As you would expect from a debut album the band was still finding their way and Mustaine's vocals were a bit erratic. His guitar work, however, were unquestionably first-rate. The rest of the lineup included guitarist Chris Poland, bassist David Ellefson and drummer Gar Samuelson. Their debut has passion and anger and showed the raw talent this band had and paved the way for the success that would follow.

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Countdown To Extinction (1992)

Megadeth - 'Countdown To Extinction'
Megadeth - 'Countdown To Extinction'.

This was Megadeth's most commercial album, and followed Metallica's hugely successful black album. It was also their most commercially successful album, going double platinum and peaking at No. 2 on the album chart.

The songs are more polished and less thrashy, but there are some really good ones like "Symphony Of Destruction," "Sweating Bullets" and the title track. Even though some called this one a sellout, it showed the band could be versatile and there were plenty of intense songs on this album.

Recommended Track: Symphony Of Destruction

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So Far, So Good, So What (1988)

Megadeth - So Far, So Good, So What
Megadeth - So Far, So Good, So What.

Sandwiched between two of their best albums (Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? and Rust In Peace), this one often gets overlooked, but So Far, So Good, So What is a solid album.

It features a couple new members in guitarist Jeff Young and drummer Chuck Behler, but Megadeth had tons of lineup changes over the years. After opening with an instrumental, the thrash and speed metal kicks in. The only miss is their cover of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy In The U.K."

Recommended Track: In My Darkest Hour

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Endgame (2009)

Megadeth - 'Endgame'
Megadeth - 'Endgame'. Roadrunner Records

Though Megadeth's glory days were in the '80s and early '90s, some of their later albums were also really good. The quality was hit and miss in the latter part of the '90s, but by the 2000s they had righted the ship.

Endgame was the first album for guitarist Chris Broderick, who injected new life into the band. His chemistry with Mustaine on the record is outstanding.  It's an intense album, with some of the standout songs being the opening instrumental "Dialectic Chaos" along with "This Day We Fight" and "Head Crusher."

Recommended Track: Head Crusher