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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
1,449 672
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

2
1,363 672
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

3
1,054 658
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4
935 710
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

5
1,066 600
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

6
918 888
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Van Halen

7
1,035 817
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

8
1,230 575
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

9
912 694
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who

10
977 640
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pink Floyd

11
728 718
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
837 730
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

13
817 561
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
908 610
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

15
813 539
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

16
698 751
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

17
550 535
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Black Sabbath

18
798 717
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

19
399 343
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added The Beatles

20
650 389
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin

21
740 662
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

22
657 663
Deep Purple in Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Deep Purple

23
549 299
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
slaft added Pink Floyd

24
643 578
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

25
529 603
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

26
543 346
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
606 527
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Boston

28
615 599
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Jethro Tull

29
445 400
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Beatles

30
511 433
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Rolling Stones

31
414 375
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Doors

32
556 530
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
194 124
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

34
244 171
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
546 669
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Nirvana

36
500 656
Ten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Pearl Jam

37
484 553
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne

38
351 383
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
muzziac added Metallica

39
347 288
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cream

40
480 557
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Metallica

41
412 485
Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
ZZ Top

42
569 590
2112 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Rush

43
374 345
Let There Be Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

44
401 268
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

45
519 523
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Doors

46
256 117
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
The Beatles

47
451 478
Toys in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Aerosmith

48
488 585
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

49
464 529
Master of Reality is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath

50
284 204
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time
vikingslad28 added Bad Company