Van Halen's 2012 release, A Different Kind of Truth, is the Number-One album of the year according to the staff of Guitar World. It was their first studio effort with David Lee Roth in close to 30 years and was followed by the latest from Rush, Clockwork Angels, Periphery and Periphery Two at number-three, ZZ Top's La Futura at four and Psychedelic Pill from Neil Young and Crazy Horse at five.

The rest of the Top 20 and entries by classic rock acts:

6. Soundgarden — King Animal
7. Gary Clark Jr. — Blak and Blu
8. Jack White — Blunderbuss
9. Meshuggah — Koloss
10. Green Day — ¡Uno!
11. Steve Vai — The Story of Light
12. Aerosmith — Music From Another Dimension
13. Deftones — Koi No Yokan
14. Lamb of God — Resolution
15. Baroness — Yellow & Green
16. Slash — Apocalyptic Love
17. Testament — Dark Roots of Earth
18. Between the Buried and Me — The Parallax II: Future Sequence
19. Joe Bonamassa — Driving Towards the Daylight
20. Jeff Loomis — Plains of Oblivion
21. Joe Walsh — Analog Man
22. KISS — Monster
30. Carlos Santana — Shape Shifter
49. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Last of a Dyin’ Breed