Yesterday, we presented our list of the 10 best albums of the year. Today, we’re focusing solely on rock records, mostly because the “rock is dead” meme is infuriating to hear. Here are 10 records from 2013, leaving off selections we already covered in our general list, that rocked, rolled, or rocked AND rolled.
1. AM by Arctic Monkeys
The album that made Arctic Monkeys haters admit, “OK, I get it, 2006. They’re pretty good.”
2. …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age turn down the volume, but lose none of their bewitching intensity.
3. I Hate Music by Superchunk
Superchunk may hate music, but we love Superchunk’s irresistible indie-rock songs with pop sensibilities.
4. Blowout by the So So Glos
Exuberantly punk, bursting with killer hooks, and most of all, a goddamn blast to listen to.
5. Monomania by Deerhunter
Garage rock that sounds like it was recorded in a darkened laboratory.
6. Meir by Kvelertak
A little bit of classic rock, a little bit of throat-tearing metal, a whole lot of epic.
7. The Next Day by David Bowie
The Masters returns, with his best album since 1983.
8. Run Fast by the Julie Ruin
Kathleen Hanna reminds us why so cared so much about Bikini Kill, and still do.
9. Ultraviolet by Kylesa
One of the few bands that can get away with two drummers, and not have it be a sludge-y gimmick.
10. I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Diarrhea Planet
Look past the horrible band name. What you’re left is one bear-soaked blast of energy after another.