With another year having passed, it’s time to reflect on the hard rock albums which defined 2017. In this Loud List, we count down our picks for the 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2017.

In the rock realm, 2017 was Stone Sour’s year. With the release of Hydrograd, Stone Sour scored their fourth No. 1 song on the Active Rock chart with “Song #3.” Stone Sour also won two honors at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards, taking home a ‘Hand of Doom’ for Hard Rock Artist of the Year and Hard Rock Album of the Year.

We had two other hard rock forces, Starset and Nothing More, perform at the 2017 LMAs. Starset increased their star power with the new album Vessels, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Nothing More released the masterful The Stories We Tell Ourselves this year, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard 200. Both albums placed high on our year-end list.

As for punk, Australian champs Frenzal Rhomb put out a fiendishly catchy album, Hi-Vis High Tea, this year. Clocking in at under 35 minutes, the 20-song record outlines Aussie drug culture, classic punk humor and Frenzal’s utilization of their favorite word, which begins with a “c.” If you’re looking for some solid modern punk, throw this album on.

Check out the 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2017 in the Loud List above!

10 Best Metal Albums of 2017

10 Supergroups Who Weren't So Super