Greatest Albums The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time  

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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
1,718 786
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
2
1,610 768
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
3
1,266 748
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4
1,108 817
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath
5
1,320 695
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
6
1,080 981
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen
7
1,203 903
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
8
1,463 630
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
9
1,053 767
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who
10
1,167 704
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd
11
888 807
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
973 794
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple
13
836 821
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica
14
1,074 662
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
15
956 597
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
16
671 583
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath
17
823 686
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Arcana

The debut album by The Arcana

18
509 420
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles
19
931 776
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
20
866 727
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles
21
794 438
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin
22
692 345
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd
23
686 380
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Jimi Hendrix Experience
24
745 716
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple
25
762 657
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time