Music
10.3k voters

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

Updated August 15, 2021 236k votes 10.3k voters 129k views564 items

List RulesOnly bands who are considered guitar rock bands. Synths can be present, but they can't be the main focus of a band's sound.

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Rock 2020 playlist on Spotify!

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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    2,750
    1,162
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 2
    2,344
    1,022
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 3
    2,371
    1,106
    Amazon buy button
  • 4
    2,509
    1,121
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 5
    1,511
    695
    slaft addedPink Floyd
    Amazon buy button
  • 6
    1,917
    1,022
    Amazon buy button
  • 7
    1,477
    753
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 8
    2,117
    1,190
    Amazon buy button
  • 9
    1,837
    988
    The Who
    Amazon buy button
  • 10
    1,686
    945
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 11
    1,419
    829
    slaft addedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Amazon buy button
  • 12
    1,856
    1,118
    Black Sabbath
    Amazon buy button
  • 13
    1,650
    983
    Amazon buy button
  • 14
    1,781
    897
    Led Zeppelin
    Amazon buy button
  • 15
    1,137
    703
    Fleetwood Mac
    Amazon buy button
  • 16
    1,623
    985
    The Beatles
    Amazon buy button
  • 17
    2,009
    1,224
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Amazon buy button
  • 18
    938
    557
    Arthur Williams addedCream
    Spotify buy button
  • 19
    1,919
    1,205
    Van Halen
    Amazon buy button
  • 20
    748
    367
    theresa-smith added

    The live album was originally intended as a single LP disc, but at the suggestion of A&M Records additional shows were recorded and the album expanded to two LPs for release.  During the concerts, Frampton principally used a distinctive black custom Gibson Les Paul electric guitar (with three humbucking pick-ups as opposed to the usual two).[3]

    The double album was released in the US with a special reduced list price of $7.98, only $1.00 more than the standard $6.98 of most single-disc albums in 1976. The album was pressed in "automatic sequence", with sides one and four on one record, followed by sides two and three on the other. This arrangement was intended to make it easier to listen through the whole album in sequence on automatic record changers.

    Three hit singles were released from the album: "Baby, I Love Your Way", "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "Show Me the Way". The talk box guitar effect became strongly associated with Frampton when it was heard on the latter two singles. The "Do You Feel Like We Do" single version was edited to 7:19 from the 14:15 album version. But even at just over 7 minutes, it is about twice the length of the average hit single and one of the longest ever to make the top 40 (even The Beatles' "Hey Jude" ran 7:11). 

    Amazon buy button
  • 21
    1,170
    705
    The Rolling Stones
    Amazon buy button
  • 22
    1,382
    819
    Boston
    Amazon buy button
  • 23
    727
    413
    vikingslad28 addedBad Company
    Amazon buy button
  • 24
    910
    556
    dansatadmad addedPink Floyd
    pink floyd
    Amazon buy button
  • 25
    1,505
    1,013
    Deep Purple
    Amazon buy button
not on the list?add item #565add new item
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.