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

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1,104 568
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

3
836 554
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
735 587
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

5
966 499
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

6
763 353
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tomorrow Is Yesterday The Arcana - The debut album by The Arcana

7
709 781
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

8
756 600
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

9
729 525
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

10
805 723
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

11
699 638
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Machine Head Deep Purple

12
752 567
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

13
527 600
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

14
724 549
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

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644 466
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

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550 582
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple

17
407 463
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

18
379 286
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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525 650
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Puppets Metallica

20
625 643
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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568 591
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

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487 330
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

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488 498
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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329 193
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

25
275 266
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Revolver The Beatles

26
408 535
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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513 494
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aqualung Jethro Tull

28
389 373
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

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332 252
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Wall Pink Floyd

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446 468
Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston Boston

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292 310
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors The Doors

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414 556
Ten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ten Pearl Jam

33
434 470
Layla and Other Assorted Love ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominos

34
308 334
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

35
102 67
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

36
383 491
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

37
330 425
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Tres Hombres ZZ Top

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428 465
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

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254 151
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Quadrophenia The Who

40
457 521
2112 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
2112 Rush

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382 499
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

42
143 106
Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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427 571
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

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329 265
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

45
258 239
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Disraeli Gears Cream

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400 518
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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379 475
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Master of Reality Black Sabbath

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143 80
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

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244 314
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica Metallica

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280 291
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time