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

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Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

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

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Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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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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Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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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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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

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

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

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Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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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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Ten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

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(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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

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2112 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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

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Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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Tommy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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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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Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Quadrophenia The Who

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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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L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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Revolver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Revolver The Beatles

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Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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Dirt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors The Doors

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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

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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Wall Pink Floyd

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

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Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Surfing With the Alien Joe Satriani

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Vivid is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Vivid Living Colour