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List Rules Only bands who are considered guitar rock bands. Synths can be present, but they can't be the main focus of a band's sound.

Remember when sex was safe and motorcycles were dangerous, and every rock song had at least a half assed decent guitar solo, and people were doing real drugs and not bath salts? Well, this is a tribute to the music in a time when America was simply about life, liberty, and the pursuit of SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK-N-ROLL! That said, guitar rock may not be as popular as it was in the past, but that doesn't mean that in the genre's heyday, there weren't albums that transcended genres, music types and connected with fans from all over the globe. For starters, who can forget the entire Led Zeppelin catalog? Jimmy Page's bonecrunching riffs and Robert Plant's howls brought heavy blues chords to the mainstream while establishing the band as one of guitar rock's greatest bands.

There are so many influential albums and top guitar albums here that it's impossible to list them all right here. But so many of the biggest bands in the world populate this list and all of the biggest guitar players in the world are rightfully present on here. Their mere presence alone means that their particular album is going to rock. You have dudes like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young, Tony Iommi and Stevie Ray Vaughn amongst others whose guitar prowess is showcased on so many of these albums. 

So what are the best guitar rock albums of all time? You'll notice Led Zeppelin II, Are You Experienced and Couldn't Stand the Weather, but there are so many more. If you think something including amazing guitars is missing, feel free add that album to this list. Vote and re-rank to how you deem it to be fit.
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Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

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987 537
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

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746 519
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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646 546
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
860 475
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

6
594 263
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana - The debut album by The Arcana

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688 521
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

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605 476
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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699 675
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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620 723
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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648 589
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

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672 526
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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644 527
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

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575 444
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

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436 572
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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545 616
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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347 428
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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500 552
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple

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448 611
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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357 497
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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406 315
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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284 162
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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363 524
Ten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

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230 122
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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484 568
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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306 260
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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402 492
2112 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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340 465
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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469 457
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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390 447
Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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260 225
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

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363 493
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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391 446
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominos

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382 446
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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342 452
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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336 478
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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220 240
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

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301 402
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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226 290
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

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409 470
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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99 82
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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344 351
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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238 315
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

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308 414
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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368 539
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

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201 167
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added A Night at the Opera Queen

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287 345
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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125 116
In Through the Out Door is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin

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197 291
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

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263 357
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time