I was approached by GetToTheFront, a leading independent online music magazine, to collaborate on a post listing their 10 best rock albums in the last 10 years.
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People have been writing off rock music for decades, ever since the first synthesiser pop bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. But rock bands have staying power in their DNA and the last ten years have seen plenty of albums that will stand the test of time. It gets harder and harder to pigeonhole music in to certain genres as styles and techniques diversify more and more, but we have had a good go at compiling the best classic rock albums of the last decade.
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (2011): This seventh album from the Seattle rock darlings brought them sharply back into focus and Dave ‘nicest guy in rock’ Grohl was triumphant again.
Muse – Black Holes & Revelations (2006): The monster sound generated by the Cornwall three-piece has astounded fans for years, and huge singles ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and ‘Starlight’ thrust Muse squarely onto the big stage with this mega-selling album.
Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork (2013): Another triumphant return was enjoyed by Josh Homme and his pals as this self-produced sixth album gripped their legions of fans.
Biffy Clyro – Opposites (2013): The Scottish rockers hit number one on both sides of the Atlantic with this smash hit album and an accompanying live reputation ended with them headlining Reading & Leeds Festival the same year.
David Bowie – Blackstar (2016): What more can be said about this deep and haunting album, released just two days before Bowie’s death in January 2016? It was a fitting swansong for this astonishing talent.
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010): Bucking the US/UK trend is this third album from the Canadian rockers, a concept album winning a raft of awards.
Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007): Grammy award-winning and a number one in both the US and UK charts, Radiohead were more accessible on this their seventh studio album.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (2011): This self-titled debut solo album was a confident and successful return for the brains behind Oasis.
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (2008): Hit singles ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’ helped propel the Nashville family Followill onto super stardom.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Stadium Arcadium (2006): The funk rock veterans won five Grammys and shifted seven million units of this 28-track double album.
Do you agree? What other hits would you add to this list? Discuss.