With Zakk Wylde’s announcement of the Top 10 Guitar Albums, Gibson’s List of the Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time is complete. Below is the full rundown, from 1 to 50. (For an in-depth look at the previous entries click here for #50-41, #40-31, #30-21, #20-11  and #10-1.)

Plus, scroll down for a look at the readers’ Top 25 and a glance at how the entire list shook out according to decade.

Special thanks to all of our readers who voted. In addition, we would like to thank Zakk Wylde, Billy Morrison, Jeff Cease and Bart Walsh for taking part, as well as the Gibson.com writing and editorial staff.

So, without further ado…

Gibson.com
’s Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time

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)
11. Television, Marquee Moon (1977)
12. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
13. The Who, Live at Leeds (1970)
14. Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers (1961)
15. The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
16. Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow (1975)
17. Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
18. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)
19. The Who, Who’s Next (1971)
20. Black Sabbath, Paranoid (1970)
21. Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman (1981)
22. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (1971)
23. Van Halen, Van Halen II (1979)
24. Chuck Berry, The Great Twenty-Eight (1982)
25. The Stooges, Fun House (1970)
26. AC/DC, Highway to Hell (1979)
27. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)
28. Aerosmith, Rocks (1976)
29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
30. Oasis, Definitely Maybe (1994)
31. Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Sky is Crying (1991)
32. Lynyrd Skynyrd, One More from the Road (1976)
33. The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)
34. The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
35. Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Live (1978)
36. John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
37. Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak (1976)
38. Def Leppard, High ’n’ Dry (1981)
39. Roy Buchanan, Roy Buchanan (1972)
40. The Shadows, Dance with the Shadows (1964)
41. Deep Purple, Machine Head (1972)
42. Jeff Beck, Truth (1968)
43. The White Stripes, Elephant (2003)
44. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood (1983)
45. Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry in London (1965)
46. Danny Gatton, 88 Elmira St. (1991)
47. The Wildhearts, Earth vs. The Wildhearts (1993)
48. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (1975)
49. Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here (1975)
50. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

Gibson.com
Readers Poll – Top 25 Guitar Albums

The readers have spoken and, actually, come up with results that are fairly similar to the overall list. Nine of the readers’ Top 10 are identical to the final list (although the order is much different). You also showed love for bands and albums that don’t always get the spotlight: Voivod’s Nothingface, Patto’s Hold Your Fire and Ten Years After’s Recorded Live.

1. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East
2. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
4. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
5. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
6. AC/DC, Back in Black
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced
8. Voivod, Nothingface
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland
10. Van Halen, Van Halen
11. Lynyrd Skynyrd, One More from the Road
12. Patto, Hold Your Fire
13. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
14. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
15. Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow
16. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
17. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
18. Cream, Disraeli Gears
19. Metallica, Master of Puppets
20. AC/DC, Highway to Hell
21. Ten Years After, Recorded Live
22. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.
23. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love
24. Steve Vai, Passion and Warfare
25. (tie) John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blues Breakers Featuring Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck, Truth; Rush, 2112

Top 50 Guitar Albums By Decade


The ’70s rule! Well, at least that’s the decade that ruled our Top 50 Guitar Albums list. The “Me Decade” was responsible for more than half of the ranked LPs. The ’60s came in at a distant second place. As for newer artists, only on album from the past 10 years (actually, it ends up being the last 16 years) made the cut. The White Stripes’ 2003 release, Elephant, came in at #43.

1960s: 11
1970s: 27
1980s: 7
1990s: 4
2000s: 1