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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

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time The Best Drummers of All Time

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1,012 547
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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767 533
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
663 558
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
674 283
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana - The debut album by The Arcana

6
879 483
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

7
708 532
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

8
647 730
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

9
728 690
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
641 485
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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663 601
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

12
696 536
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

13
670 529
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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454 582
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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592 449
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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511 560
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

17
566 624
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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362 437
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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294 168
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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423 317
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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373 511
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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468 620
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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502 577
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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321 267
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

25
235 247
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

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239 128
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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282 233
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

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479 466
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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402 450
Boston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 1990s Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have

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422 478
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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355 355
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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373 533
Ten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

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390 451
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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241 295
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

35
413 503
2112 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

36
109 89
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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254 321
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 37 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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402 452
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 38 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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349 474
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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351 458
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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344 481
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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368 501
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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306 407
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

The Best R.E.M. Albums The Best Comedian Biopics

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242 275
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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216 170
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added A Night at the Opera Queen

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67 53
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

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313 421
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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282 254
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

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235 222
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

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381 548
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana