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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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1,072 562
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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813 542
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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705 575
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
935 492
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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738 567
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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682 754
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

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698 507
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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726 326
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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774 714
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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683 626
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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733 559
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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705 541
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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494 593
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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626 459
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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541 572
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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392 452
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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361 274
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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602 633
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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540 585
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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462 324
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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503 638
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

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317 183
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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264 255
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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502 480
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

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396 525
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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458 490
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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376 365
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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312 245
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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426 461
Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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424 463
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 31 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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398 547
Ten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

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269 304
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

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250 142
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

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285 331
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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87 60
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

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371 483
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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322 417
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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439 511
2112 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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410 461
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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367 493
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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128 98
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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248 231
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

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310 260
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

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385 509
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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365 469
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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409 561
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

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267 283
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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276 376
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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140 175
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
spanhead added Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath