Rock The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
126k votes 5.7k voters 97.2k views 598 items

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.
list ordered by

1
1,476 684
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,386 683
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,073 668
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
950 720
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,094 610
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
935 898
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,052 826
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,252 578
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
925 701
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
999 644
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
747 731
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Guns N' Roses

12
849 733
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
818 572
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana -

The debut album by The Arcana

14
931 613
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

15
829 544
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
713 757
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
562 541
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
810 722
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
411 348
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
666 393
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
755 667
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

22
566 303
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

23
663 668
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
658 586
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
539 608
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

26
555 350
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Jimi Hendrix Experience

27
615 533
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston

28
457 401
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Beatles

29
622 604
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Jethro Tull

30
525 436
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Rolling Stones

31
420 383
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors

32
567 532
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Derek and the Dominos

33
202 125
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

34
251 175
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

35
494 555
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

36
507 664
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pearl Jam

37
552 680
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nirvana

38
361 390
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica

39
356 290
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cream

40
485 563
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

41
415 490
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
ZZ Top

42
383 350
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

43
578 596
2112 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rush

44
267 117
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

45
523 528
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors

46
405 273
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

47
457 481
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aerosmith

48
495 588
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

49
470 532
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
288 209
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
vikingslad28 added Bad Company