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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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1,246 594
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

2
1,193 595
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
903 588
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
792 626
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
809 429
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
780 812
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

7
1,063 520
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

8
882 747
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

9
835 543
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
802 632
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

11
739 669
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

12
820 588
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
594 631
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

14
777 570
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

15
699 490
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

16
456 490
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

17
584 681
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

18
585 616
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

19
309 294
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

20
683 668
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

21
622 615
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
542 516
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

23
432 308
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

24
536 356
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

25
400 268
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

26
442 559
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

27
500 481
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

28
431 395
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

29
553 528
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

30
331 330
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

31
349 355
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

32
354 223
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

33
470 496
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominos

34
176 129
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

35
131 91
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
448 586
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

37
416 520
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

38
361 448
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

39
474 601
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

40
415 523
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

41
494 546
2112 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

42
457 486
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 1990s

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306 315
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

44
370 285
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

45
185 98
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

46
278 176
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

47
282 337
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

48
428 545
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

49
404 502
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

50
279 265
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream