The 30 greatest rock guitar albums of 1991

Greatest rock guitar albums of 1991
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There are certain years that, for whatever reason, a formidable number of rock albums arrive, and they're eventually deemed classics – 1967 with the emergence of psychedelia, 1976 with punk rock and arena rock and 1980 with British metal. And 1991 is another standout year.

It seemed like every month, several exceptional alt-rock, metal, or grunge releases, most of which leaned heavily on guitar, were hitting the record store racks – including timeless offerings by the likes of Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. 

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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.