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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.
list ordered by

1
1,664 764
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,557 748
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,219 728
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
1,074 793
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,277 670
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
1,047 961
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,172 884
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,417 619
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
1,024 752
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
1,135 683
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
857 781
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
946 778
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
1,038 651
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

14
821 656
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
924 587
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
806 801
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
644 569
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
898 763
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
484 400
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
761 424
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
662 333
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

22
832 711
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

23
720 702
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

24
652 371
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
740 640
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time