The 25 greatest rock guitar albums of 1982

[L-R] Adrian Smith, Eddie Van Halen, Dr. Know and Glenn Tipton
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1982 was an extremely fruitful year when it came to the amount of now-classic rock albums that appeared. Countless rockers, both vets and newcomers, issued some of the most inspired music of their career, putting the guitar front and center. 

And in addition to giving us countless exceptional guitar-heavy releases, '82 also provided us with several albums that would go on to help trailblaze and solidify several emerging styles – hardcore, thrash, and black metal.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.