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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
1,516 697
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,424 694
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,108 676
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
978 731
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,141 624
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
960 909
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,077 835
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,292 583
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
951 709
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
1,027 652
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
767 746
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
872 741
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
820 589
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
952 621
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

15
849 552
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
738 766
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
582 546
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
828 731
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
425 356
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
686 398
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
774 676
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

22
587 309
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

23
679 675
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
670 599
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
560 613
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

26
581 354
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
629 542
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston

28
543 439
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Rolling Stones

29
470 408
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Beatles

30
443 387
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors

31
632 615
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Jethro Tull

32
584 537
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
213 134
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

34
265 180
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
509 562
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

36
520 672
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pearl Jam

37
377 294
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cream

38
566 693
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nirvana

39
374 399
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica

40
501 569
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

41
428 497
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
ZZ Top

42
590 602
2112 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rush

43
392 356
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

44
279 124
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

45
538 532
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors

46
413 282
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

47
508 595
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

48
485 539
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

49
469 489
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aerosmith

50
247 197
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