Best Rock Albums Of 2017

Best Rock Albums Of 2017

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Our Best Rock Albums Of 2017, presents the best albums from a year that saw legendary rockers like Deep Purple and Robert Plant deliver great new records. Deep Purple had been flying under the radar for most of the 21st century still releasing killer rock records that went sort of unnoticed. It was hard not to become aware of their 2017 album which was one of their strongest efforts in years. Robert Plant’s Carry Fire also received rave reviews for becoming one of the most enjoyable listens of his solo career. 2017 also saw the release of another smoking Robin Trower album who just never releases a bad record.  Also in the top 10 was a cranking rock and roll blues album from our friend Kenny Wayne Shepherd. For fans of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters returned with a new solo album.

2017 was also a year to celebrate the female artists of rock and roll as Sheryl Crow issued a new album called Be Myself that once again defined her status as one of the truly great rock and roll artists to come out of the 1990s. Other great album releases from female rockers and poets included hot new releases from Alison Moyet, Rhiannon Giddens, the always reliable Ani Difranco, Björk, Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, female led bands like Blondie and Paramore, and a to die for album by blues rocker Samantha Fish.

# 50 – Other – Alison Moyet

Other - Alison Moyet

# 49 – Freedom HighwayRhiannon Giddens

Freedom Highway - Rhiannon Giddens

# 48 – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell – Pvris

All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell - Pvris

# 47 – The Desaturating SevenPrimus

The Desaturating Seven - Primus

# 46 – WolvesRise Against

Wolves - Rise Against

# 45 – Crooked TeethPapa Roach

Crooked Teeth - Papa Roach

# 44 – PleasureFeist

Pleasure - Feist

# 43 – Villians – Queens of the Stone Age

Villians - Queens of the Stone Age

# 42 – Emperor of SandMastodon

Emperor of Sand - Mastodon

# 41 – Spirit – Depeche Mode

Spirit - Depeche Mode

# 40 – Black and White RainbowsBush

Black and White Rainbows - Bush

# 39 – PrisonerRyan Adams

Prisoner - Ryan Adams

# 38 – Heavy FireBlack Star Riders

Heavy Fire - Black Star Riders

# 37 – World War Willie – Willie Nile

World War Willie - Willie Nile

# 36 – The MissionStyx

The Mission - Styx

# 35 – Evolve –  Imagine Dragons

Evolve -  Imagine Dragons

# 34 – The Punishment of LuxuryOrchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

The Punishment of Luxury - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

# 33 – Roll with the PunchesVan Morrison

Roll with the Punches - Van Morrison

# 32 – Give More LoveRingo Starr

Give More Love - Ringo Starr

# 31 – Shade – Living Colour

Shade - Living Colour

# 30 – Dark Matter – Randy Newman

Dark Matter - Randy Newman

# 29 – We’re All Alright!Cheap Trick

We're All Alright! - Cheap Trick

# 28 – Party of One – George Thorogood

Party of One - George Thorogood

# 27 – Chuck – Chuck Berry

Chuck - Chuck Berry

# 26 – BinaryAni Difranco

Binary - Ani Difranco

# 25 – Different DaysThe Charlatans

Different Days - The Charlatans

# 24 – White KnightTodd Rundgren

White Knight - Todd Rundgren

# 23 – Sad Clowns & HillbilliesJohn Mellencamp

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies - John Mellencamp

# 22 – The Night SirenSteve Hackett

The Night Siren - Steve Hackett

# 21 – HeartwormsThe Shins

Heartworms - The Shins

# 20 – 2016 Atomized – The Raveonettes

2016 Atomized - The Raveonettes

# 19 – Revolution Come…Revolution GoGov’t Mule

Revolution Come...Revolution Go - Gov't Mule

# 18 – One More Light – Linkin Park

One More Light - Linkin Park

# 17 – Colors – Beck

Colors - Beck

# 16 –  As You Were – Liam Gallagher

As You Were - Liam Gallagher

# 15 – Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers

Wonderful Wonderful - The Killers

# 14 – Native Invader – Tori Amos

Native Invader - Tori Amos

# 13 – Mental Illness – Aimee Mann

Mental Illness - Aimee Mann

# 12 -Utopia – Björk

Utopia - Björk

# 11 – PollinatorBlondie

Pollinator - Blondie

# 10 – After Laughter – Paramore

After Laughter - Paramore

# 9 – Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

# 8 –  Is This the Life We Really Want? – Roger Waters

Is This the Life We Really Want? - Roger Waters

# 7 – Lay It On Down – Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Lay It On Down - Kenny Wayne Shepherd

# 6 – Concrete & Gold – Foo Fighters

Concrete & Gold - Foo Fighters

# 5 – Time and Emotion – Robin Trower

Time and Emotion - Robin Trower

# 4 – Infinite – Deep Purple

Infinite - Deep Purple

# 3 – Be MyselfSheryl Crow

Be Myself - Sheryl Crow

# 2 – Chills & Fever – Samantha Fish

Chills & Fever - Samantha Fish

# 1 – Carry Fire – Robert Plant

Carry Fire - Robert Plant

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