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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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1,156 567
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
1,109 571
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
838 557
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
737 589
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
971 500
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

6
712 783
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

7
764 357
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana - The debut album by The Arcana

8
737 525
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

9
757 603
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

10
810 723
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

11
702 640
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

12
757 567
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
532 601
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
725 551
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

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15
647 466
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
552 582
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
410 463
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

18
381 287
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

19
529 652
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

20
630 644
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

21
572 591
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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488 330
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

23
490 498
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

24
278 266
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

25
330 193
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

26
408 536
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

27
513 496
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

28
390 373
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 2000s

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334 253
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

30
447 469
Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

31
415 557
Ten is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

32
435 470
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominos

33
292 311
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

34
310 335
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

35
104 67
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

36
384 492
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

37
330 426
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

38
428 466
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

39
458 521
2112 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

40
254 152
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

41
384 500
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

42
429 572
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

Country Stars With And Without Makeup

43
144 106
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

44
330 265
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

45
258 240
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

46
402 518
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

47
380 475
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

48
145 80
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

49
247 315
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

50
280 292
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time