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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
1,531 703
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,439 696
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,123 681
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
988 737
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,154 626
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
970 912
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,087 837
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,305 585
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
958 712
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
1,040 653
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
779 748
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
877 743
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
820 594
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
959 621
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

15
855 553
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
743 768
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
587 546
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
836 732
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
431 358
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
696 399
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
595 309
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

22
778 678
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

23
682 675
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
680 602
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
563 616
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

26
584 355
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
632 545
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston

28
476 409
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
547 441
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Rolling Stones

30
445 389
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors

31
633 616
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Jethro Tull

32
587 539
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
215 135
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

34
267 181
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
513 563
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

36
380 294
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cream

37
522 674
Ten is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pearl Jam

38
376 400
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica

39
567 694
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nirvana

40
503 570
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

41
428 498
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
ZZ Top

42
592 603
2112 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rush

43
394 357
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

44
281 125
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

45
540 533
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors

46
414 283
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

47
509 596
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

48
486 540
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

49
471 491
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aerosmith

50
419 430
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time