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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
1,603 736
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,499 724
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,174 704
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
1,032 764
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,222 649
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
1,014 932
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,132 860
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,364 602
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
983 737
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
1,087 670
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
825 765
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
915 762
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
993 641
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

14
821 628
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana

The debut album by The Arcana

15
886 573
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
783 782
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
619 559
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
872 747
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
464 381
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
633 321
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

21
723 416
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

22
811 696
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

23
702 690
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
626 364
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Jimi Hendrix Experience

25
710 624
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time