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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 Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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993 539
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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751 522
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
650 548
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
865 476
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

6
632 269
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
694 524
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
707 679
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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616 477
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
624 726
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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653 592
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

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678 527
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

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651 527
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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579 445
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

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438 577
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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552 619
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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351 429
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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503 554
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple

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453 613
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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361 501
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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411 315
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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368 529
Ten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

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486 571
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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285 165
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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233 125
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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307 263
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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404 496
2112 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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222 243
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

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343 467
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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

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101 86
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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394 448
Boston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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471 461
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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268 227
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

34
364 497
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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393 447
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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384 448
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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232 291
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

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344 453
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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304 403
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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338 480
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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243 317
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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349 351
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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411 474
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

The Best R.E.M. Albums The Best Action Shows Since 2015

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311 417
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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372 544
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

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204 168
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added A Night at the Opera Queen

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131 117
In Through the Out Door is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin

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288 348
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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200 293
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

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265 360
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time