The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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List Criteria: 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

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    Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

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


    Paranoid Black Sabbath

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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Van Halen Van Halen

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    Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Back in Black AC/DC

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    Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Machine Head Deep Purple

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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

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    Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Who's Next The Who

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    Ten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Ten Pearl Jam

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    Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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    Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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    Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

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    The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

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    Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Aqualung Jethro Tull

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    Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple

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    Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Master of Puppets Metallica

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    Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Highway to Hell AC/DC

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


    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) Lynyrd Skynyrd

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    Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Nevermind Nirvana

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    Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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    Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

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    Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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    Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Ride the Lightning Metallica

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    Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Moving Pictures Rush

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    Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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    Vivid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Vivid Living Colour

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    2112 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    2112 Rush

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


    Boston Boston

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    Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Abbey Road The Beatles

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    Rainbow

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    Dirt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Dirt Alice in Chains

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    Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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    Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Hotel California Eagles

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    Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Metallica Metallica

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    Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    L.A. Woman The Doors

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    Joe Satriani

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    Stand Up is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Stand Up Jethro Tull

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    Cosmo's Factory is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival

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    The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden

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    There's the Rub is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    There's the Rub Wishbone Ash

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    Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Soundgarden

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    Rising is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Rising Rainbow Rainbow

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    British Steel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    British Steel Judas Priest

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    Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time


    Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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    Benefit is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Benefit Jethro Tull

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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

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