Skip to comments.Top 50 Guitar Albums: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed
Posted on 08/19/2010 5:38:47 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde
The top 10
1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967)
3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
4. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
5. Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)
7. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East (1971)
8. Cream, Disraeli Gears (1967)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968)
10. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980)
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Top 10 “air guitar” albums is more like it.
Moby Grape has to be in there.
The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run”
I happened to see Zappa about this time, in Berkley no less. Even had the t-shirt!
That’s two stink out loud lists I’ve seen from gibson.com over the past few months...at least they’ve heard of Frank Marino...
Nope. Not in the list.
Well you two agree at least.
That’s a pretty good list all in all. Some odd ones in there, and a strong representation of ‘70’s albums.
For the record I own a ‘71 Gibson LesPaul Custom Sunburst,with mother of pearl inlays - possibly the greatest electric guitar make and model on the planet.
I would have liked Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking on that list as my sentimental favorite, as my wife and I drove to New Orleans when we were first together blasting that all along the way...and maybe Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth and, and, and...
“Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits.
Yeah, only 1 album from the 2000s and only 5 from the last 20 years in all. Not much love for those decades. I would have thought Rage Against the Machine’s first album would have made it.
I would agree. Maybe Dire Straits s/t. Knopfler is criminally underrated.
You have got to be kidding me. That band played the same three chords (using the same non-melody) in every song they ever wrote. I'm surprised not to see Brian May of Queen listed. He's a very underappreciated and overlooked ax man. I'd put his work on "Queen II" and "Shear Heart Attack" with any album on that list. I didn't see any B.B. King either.
Haven't read the full article yet so can't comment on the next 40, but here's hoping that The Who "Quadrophenia" and "Who's Next" are in there somewhere :)
Are we talking “of all time”? Surely Les Paul and Chet Atkins deserve a place at the top, even if they were not best known for their albums.
Just ask any of those guys on that list, Eddie VH, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton...they’ll tell ya.
What no Rory Gallagher or Robin Trower.....
This list is utter bullsh*t!! Any top guitar albums and Stevie Ray Vaughan is not in the top 10? Tripe! Oh and no Metallica at all?
Amen...I have always thought the first two Queen albums were vastly underrated...
Trower never gets any love...what a BS list.
I think that is the issue with some that are deserving and not on the list. A lot of great chops, but not a full album really.
I’m not really sure about putting a Chuck Berry’s greatest hits on the list either. Seems like cheating.
Mark Knophler is one of the top players ever. Gibson list is horsepuckey.
I saw Van Halen, AC/DC and Guns & Roses.
All of them were excellent shows.
I also saw ‘Van Hagar’, which was pretty good too!
another list, no jethro Tull. I’m glad they aren’t in the RnRoll HoF. They don’t deserve Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.
It was funny the other day I saw an article that asked if it was fair to hold SRV’s career against Hendrix. Although most of his complaints were about 80’s production.
And where the hell is Ted Nugent? Stranglehold anyone? Geeze
He played so incredibly fast, and hit notes only a dog could hear.
Jethro Tull is a band that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Not sure why. Probably people mad about them getting an award at the grammy’s they actually didn’t deserve.
...or Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar work on Rainbow’s ‘Rising’ LP..?
Actually if we’re talking full blown guitar ALBUMS you have to include: Ted Nugent “Live Gonzo” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “On your feet or on your knees”, another live one that is just flat out wall to wall guitar. Everyone in Blue Oyster Cult could play lead and at one part in every show all six guys in the band would strap on a Gibson and stand in line trading guitar leads back and forth.
Yah, no Tull :(
Aqualung, Stand Up, and Benefit certainly deserve mention ... if not all at least one of 'em ... I'd vote Benefit
METAL Ping List!
Terrible list No Pink Floyd? What the hell. Dark Side of the moon. The Wall- best guitar song of all time. Confortably Numb...
This list isn’t complete without Rory Gallagher!
The Captain Beyond album deserves mention also.
Or Peter Banks and Flash...I could go on and on...
WHAT??? No Link Wray??? Oh yeah, I forgot - “Nobody played guitars in the 50’s”.
Half of these guys learned their riffs from Link Wray when they were about 13, and most of them will admit it.
Stevie Ray should be at least a 5 or 4.. He could strum that thing.
Id vote Benefit too...probably in my top five favorite albums of all time.
You read my mind. Stranglehold is one bad ass guitar song.
Totally bogus list without the Reverend Horton Heat.
Best guitarist of ALL time.
DSOTM is #12 and Wish You Were Here is #49.
LOL, yep, most of rock guitar is just a reworking of something Link, B.B. King, and Chuck Berry had already done before 1960.
I don’t think he has an album that really qualifies. Rumble would be on a list of songs.
Everyone is limited by their own tastes and what they have been exposed to.
Jim Heath (aka Rev. Horton Heat) blows all the old timers away.
Wow, the first time I’ve ever heard anybody mention Al Caiola.
Wow 12 is still to high for such an Inovative album... But that is good.. David Gilmour is one of the best guitar players ever..
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