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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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1,076 563
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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818 543
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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711 577
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

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939 493
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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739 577
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

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685 762
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

8
706 512
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

9
734 329
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 9 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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780 715
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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686 627
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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736 560
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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707 542
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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499 595
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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627 460
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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542 573
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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396 454
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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363 275
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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510 639
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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607 634
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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546 586
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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465 325
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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318 185
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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266 256
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

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504 481
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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397 526
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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466 492
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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380 366
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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317 246
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

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425 464
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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426 465
Boston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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402 548
Ten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

33
94 61
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

34
273 305
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
294 331
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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250 144
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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373 484
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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323 418
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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413 462
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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373 493
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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440 514
2112 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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415 561
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

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130 99
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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250 232
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

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316 260
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

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387 510
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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367 471
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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133 73
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

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269 284
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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277 377
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time