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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.

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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
By Led Zeppelin (1971); Tracks: Black Dog, Going to California & When the Levee Breaks
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Led Zeppelin (1969); Tracks: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me & How Many More Times
3
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Led Zeppelin (1969); Tracks: Bring It on Home, The Lemon Song & Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
4
The Dark Side of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Pink Floyd (1973); Tracks: Time, Any Colour You Like & Speak to Me / Breathe
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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Pink Floyd (1975); Tracks: Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond & Parts VI–IX
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Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967); Tracks: Remember, Third Stone From the Sun & Are You Experienced?
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Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By AC/DC (1980); Tracks: You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black & What Do You Do for Money Honey
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Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Led Zeppelin (1973); Tracks: The Ocean, The Crunge & The Rain Song
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Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Led Zeppelin (1970); Tracks: Hats Off To (Roy) Harper, Friends & Bron‐Y‐Aur Stomp
10
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added By The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968); Tracks: Little Miss Strange, Burning of the Midnight Lamp & House Burning Down
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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Paranoid, Iron Man & Rat Salad
12
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By The Who (1971); Tracks: Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain & The Song Is Over
13
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Deep Purple (1972); Tracks: Never Before, Maybe I’m a Leo & Space Truckin’
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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By The Beatles (1969); Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Oh! Darling & Because
15
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Led Zeppelin (1975); Tracks: In My Time of Dying, Custard Pie & Houses of the Holy
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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added By Pink Floyd (1979); Tracks: In the Flesh, The Thin Ice & Another Brick in the Wall Part 1
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Van Halen (1978); Tracks: Jamie's Cryin', Atomic Punk & Runnin' With the Devil
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Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added By Cream (1967); Tracks: Take It Back, World of Pain & We’re Going Wrong
19
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By AC/DC (1979); Tracks: If You Want Blood (You've Got It), Get It Hot & Touch Too Much
20
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By The Rolling Stones (1971); Tracks: You Gotta Move, Bitch & Dead Flowers
21
Animals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
dansatadmad added By Pink Floyd (1977); Tracks: Pigs (Three Different Ones), Sheep & Pigs on the Wing
pink floyd
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me & N.I.B.
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Appetite for Destruction... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added By Guns N' Roses (1987); Tracks: Rocket Queen, Anything Goes & Sweet Child o' Mine
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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Fleetwood Mac (1977); Tracks: The Chain, Don’t Stop & Dreams
25
Boston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
By Boston (1976); Tracks: Rock & Roll Band, Something About You & More Than a Feeling