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101 Albums Every Guitarist Must Hear Before They Die

In anticipation of our Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time readers poll, I thought it might be nice to lay out a little list for those of the fretted persuasion. Much of it, I’m sure, will lie outside your normal purview — as personal tastes vary wildly. But sometimes it’s good to open your ears to new things. With that in mind, I encourage you to explore and enjoy. And if there’s an album you’d like to recommend, please share it in the comments section!

1. AC/DC, Back in Black
2. AC/DC, Highway to Hell
3. AC/DC, Let There Be Rock
4. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East
5. The Allman Brothers Band, Peakin’ at the Beacon
6. Chet Atkins, Chet Atkins’ Workshop
7. Chet Atkins, Guitar Country
8. The Band, The Last Waltz
9. The Beatles, The Beatles
10. The Beatles, Revolver
11. Jeff Beck, Beck-Ola
12. Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow
13. Jeff Beck, Truth
14. Chuck Berry, One Dozen Berrys
15. Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
16. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
17. Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Green Onions
18. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
19. Roy Buchanan, Roy Buchanan
20. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
21. The Byrds, Live at the Fillmore – February 1969
22. The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man
23. Charlie Christian, Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian
24. Cheap Trick, At Budokan
25. Roy Clark, The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark
26. Ry Cooder, Ry Cooder
27. Cream, Disraeli Gears
28. Cream, Wheels of Fire
29. Deep Purple, Machine Head
30. Deep Purple, Made in Japan
31. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
32. The Dixie Dregs, Night of the Living Dregs
33. Dokken, Back for the Attack
34. Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
35. Elvis Presley, On Stage: February 1970
36. Tal Farlow, The Tal Farlow Quartet
37. Rory Gallagher, Calling Card
38. Danny Gatton, Blazing Telecasters
39. Gov’t Mule, Live at Roseland Ballroom
40. The Grateful Dead, Live/Dead
41. Guns ‘N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
42. Buddy Guy, This Is Buddy Guy (Live)
43. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?
44. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love
45. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland
46. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live at Monterey
47. Jimi Hendrix/Band of Gypsys, Band of Gypsies
48. John Lee Hooker, Burnin’
49. Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings
50. John Mayall, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
51. B.B. King, Live at the Regal
52. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
53. Led Zeppelin, II
54. Led Zeppelin, IV
55. Led Zeppelin, How the West Was Won
56. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
57. Yngwie Malmsteen, Rising Force
58. Johnny Marr and The Healers, Boomslang
59. John McLaughlin, Devotion
60. Wes Montgomery, Fingerpickin’
61. Gary Moore, We Want Moore!
62. Oasis, Definitely Maybe
63. Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz
64. Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman
65. Les Paul and Mary Ford, Les and Mary
66. Les Paul and Chet Atkins, Chester and Lester
67. Pink Floyd, The Wall
68. Prince, Sign o’ the Times
69. Queen, A Night at the Opera
70. Queen, Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl
71. Rainbow, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
72. Rainbow, Rising
73. Ratt, Out of the Cellar
74. Django Reinhardt, At Club St. Germain
75. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.
76. The Rolling Stones, Get Your Ya-Yas Out
77. The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
78. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
79. Santana, Santana
80. Santana, Abraxas
81. The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Ultimate Collection (Live)
82. Thin Lizzy, Live and Dangerous
83. The Derek Trucks Band, Already Free
84. U2, Joshua Tree
85. Van Halen, Van Halen
86. Van Halen, Van Halen II
87. Van Halen, Fair Warning
88. Various Artists, Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More
89. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Couldn’t Stand the Weather
90. Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Step
91. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood
92. Muddy Waters, The Real Folk Blues
93. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
94. The Who, Live at Leeds
95. Wings, Wings Over America
96. The Yardbirds, Five Live Yardbirds
97. The Yardbirds, Roger the Engineer
98. Yes, Fragile
99. Neil Young, Live Rust
100. Frank Zappa, Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar

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