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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

2
1,174 586
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

3
884 580
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

4
779 614
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
1,040 515
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

6
797 409
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

7
811 538
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
764 803
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

9
860 737
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
792 624
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

11
805 581
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

12
727 663
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

13
577 617
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

14
763 563
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

15
687 483
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

16
441 484
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

17
578 608
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

18
303 289
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

19
416 304
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

20
564 675
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

21
667 660
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

22
613 608
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

23
528 348
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

24
534 509
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
385 263
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

26
435 552
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

27
488 476
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

28
424 389
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

29
545 519
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

30
349 214
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

31
324 324
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

32
341 351
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

33
441 579
Ten is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

34
463 489
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

35
166 125
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
128 87
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

37
409 514
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

38
354 442
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

39
462 594
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

40
408 515
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

41
451 479
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

42
483 539
2112 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 1990s

43
298 308
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

44
360 279
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

45
273 170
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

46
273 328
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

47
175 95
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

48
418 539
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

49
275 257
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

50
394 495
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath