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Best Megadeth Albums

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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 five best Megadeth albums.

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

Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
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It's really close between this one and Rust In Peace, but I'm picking this one. They really hit their stride on this, their second album. 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 20 years later it still holds up extremely well.
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2. Rust In Peace (1990)

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Like I said, this one almost made number one. It is also a great album. 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 several quality songs like "Lucretia."
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3. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!(1985)

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Megadeth's debut album came out when I was discovering heavy metal music. It's a short album with only 7 songs, 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. Still it has passion and anger and showed the raw talent this band had.
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4. Countdown To Extinction (1992)

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This was Megadeth's most commercial album, and followed Metallica's hugely successful black album. 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 CD.
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5. So Far, So Good, So What (1988)

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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, 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."
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