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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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1,037 551
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
786 536
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
682 566
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
700 303
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
901 487
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

7
723 539
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
663 735
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

9
748 694
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
662 491
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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671 607
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

12
714 543
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
686 533
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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469 588
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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607 452
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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522 564
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
576 628
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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374 443
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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442 319
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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302 172
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

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388 513
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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490 471
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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337 270
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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477 630
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

25
514 582
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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365 358
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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244 251
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

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292 238
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

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244 132
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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411 455
Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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121 93
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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431 484
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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401 455
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

34
253 299
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
379 541
Ten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

36
427 507
2112 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

37
265 326
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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314 410
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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411 455
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 39 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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359 478
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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294 255
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

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358 463
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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377 504
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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252 279
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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351 488
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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223 173
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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73 57
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

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271 368
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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321 424
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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80 31
1984 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
1984 Van Halen