The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time Albums

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

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    Led Zeppelin

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Black Sabbath

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Deep Purple

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    AC/DC

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    most listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Van Halen

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    Pink Floyd

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    Jethro Tull

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Deep Purple

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    Pearl Jam

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    The Who

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    Black Sabbath

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    Pink Floyd

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Guns N' Roses

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    AC/DC

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    Living Colour

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Lynyrd Skynyrd

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    Black Sabbath

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    Wishbone Ash

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Jethro Tull

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    Jethro Tull

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    ZZ Top

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    Metallica

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    Jethro Tull

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    Ozzy Osbourne

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    Wishbone Ash

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    King Crimson

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    Rush

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    Rainbow

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    Living Colour

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    Derek and the Dominos

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    Boston

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    Wishbone Ash

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    Nirvana

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    Rush

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    The Beatles

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    Jethro Tull 1988 Grammy Award Winning Album for "Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance";  Metallica not happy.

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    Metallica

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    Moving Waves Focus Seminal 1971 album by Dutch band Focus

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    Living Colour

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    Led Zeppelin

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Doors

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    The Beatles

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    Skids

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    Big Country

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