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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

2
1,210 604
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
916 593
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
803 635
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
797 818
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

6
1,079 523
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

7
811 439
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
901 752
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

9
856 548
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
811 634
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
839 593
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

12
748 674
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

13
612 639
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
787 571
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
706 492
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
465 493
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
596 684
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

18
318 296
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

19
593 618
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple

20
695 671
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

21
631 617
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

The Best Singers of All Time

22
552 520
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

23
413 270
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

24
437 308
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

25
542 356
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

26
447 561
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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507 484
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

28
439 397
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

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557 530
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

30
339 333
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
360 358
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
182 129
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

33
479 496
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
358 225
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

35
136 93
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
452 590
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

37
369 450
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

38
421 522
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

39
485 607
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

40
504 549
2112 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

41
421 526
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

42
462 488
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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312 317
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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376 287
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

45
190 99
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
290 340
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

47
282 176
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

48
433 547
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

49
410 504
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
391 455
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Toys in the Attic Aerosmith