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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
1,484 684
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,396 683
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,078 669
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
956 720
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,106 611
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
940 898
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,056 827
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,261 578
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
931 702
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
1,006 645
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
748 734
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Guns N' Roses

12
853 734
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
818 574
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana -

The debut album by The Arcana

14
937 613
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

15
835 544
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
717 757
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
565 541
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
815 722
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
412 348
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
670 393
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
759 668
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

22
571 303
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

23
666 669
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
660 587
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
542 609
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

26
561 351
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Jimi Hendrix Experience

27
616 535
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston

28
459 402
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Beatles

29
624 605
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Jethro Tull

30
527 436
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Rolling Stones

31
423 383
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors

32
571 532
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Derek and the Dominos

33
203 126
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

34
252 176
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

35
496 555
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

36
509 664
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pearl Jam

37
554 681
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nirvana

38
363 390
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica

39
360 291
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cream

40
487 563
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

41
418 491
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
ZZ Top

42
386 350
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

43
581 597
2112 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rush

44
270 118
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

45
525 528
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors

46
405 274
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

47
497 589
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

48
473 532
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

49
458 483
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aerosmith

50
241 192
In Through the Out Door is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Led Zeppelin