AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Punk Albums -

 We don't usually do a separate list for punk rock, but excellent albums from Creeper, Downtown Boys, Feature, Lost Balloons and many more made punk stand out on its own in 2017.
Colliding by Design

Acceptance

Colliding by Design

The Seattle quintet return after a decade away with a sparkling, urgent sophomore set that incorporates arena pop/rock into their original emo sound.

AFI (The Blood Album)

AFI

AFI (The Blood Album)

Alterna-punk vets evolve on album ten, combining muscle with rhythmic new wave/post-punk influences.

Rot

Bed Wettin' Bad Boys

Rot

Scrappy Australian punk with a dollop of pop hooks from Royal Headache and R.I..P. Society folks.

Eternity, In Your Arms

Creeper

Eternity, In Your Arms

The English horror-punk outfit's stellar debut delivers pit-worthy, minor-chord verses that almost always yield fist-pumping, arms-around-your-mates choruses.

Cost of Living

Downtown Boys

Cost of Living

Striking and powerful third album from these leftist punks raises the stakes and provides rallying cries for troubled times.

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

Dropkick Murphys

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

Ninth set of Celtic punk anthems from Boston's own house band balances booze-soaked revelry with some heartfelt moments.

Coming Home [Bonus Tracks]

Falling in Reverse

Coming Home [Bonus Tracks]

A shift in trajectory for Ronnie Radke and his band leads to a mature and cohesive fourth set that balances attitude with production.

Banishing Ritual

Feature

Banishing Ritual

Poppy, energetic, and deceptively simple noise punk from a London-based trio that includes a member of Sauna Youth.

Gas

feedtime

Gas

First album in 21 years from the Sydney, Australia noisemakers is a loving re-creation of their thick, assaultive attack.

Brutalism

Idles

Brutalism

A mix of acerbic wit and driving instrumentation delivered with intelligence, catharsis, and a wry smile.

You Can't Stay Here

Iron Chic

You Can't Stay Here

The Long Island punks' debut for SideOneDummy is a viral and rousing tribute to their fallen comrade.

Hey Summer

Lost Balloons

Hey Summer

The second record by the duo of the Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Suspicious Beasts' Yusuke Okeda is a power pop meets garage punk delight.

What Big Eyes

Lower Slaughter

What Big Eyes

The U.K. noise rocker's debut hits like a nuclear blast.

Miss Taken

Male Gaze

Miss Taken

The band's third album in three years is a reliably hammer-tough, hatchet-sharp, gnarly-sounding slice of garage punk.

The Incessant

Meat Wave

The Incessant

The intense Chicago post-punks' Steve Albini-produced third outing is desperate and cathartic.

Strange Peace

METZ

Strange Peace

Canadian indie rock trio has actually grown tighter and more powerful on its brutal yet meticulous third album.

Vision

Pet Symmetry

Vision

The Chicago power pop-punk trio deliver a robust sophomore set with quality songwriting and a satisfying heft.

Why Love Now

Pissed Jeans

Why Love Now

The band's usual barrage of crusty, atonal punk racket is lent some serious heft by producers Arthur Rizk and no wave legend Lydia Lunch.

Crack an Egg

POW!

Crack an Egg

Jumpy and exciting retro '80s synth rock, delivered with newfound power and lots of hooks.

Precious Art

Rozwell Kid

Precious Art

A tuneful slab of deeply entertaining, '90s-indebted fuzz-pop from this West Virginia quartet.

Vacation

Seaway

Vacation

An endlessly engaging, boldly articulated set of '90s alt-rock-inspired anthems from the Toronto pop-punk outfit.

Our Pleasure

Single Mothers

Our Pleasure

2nd album from these Ontario punks is another exercise in smart, passionate ranting with big guitars that sound venomous.

Teenage Grown Ups

The Lovely Bad Things

Teenage Grown Ups

Second album from these Orange County garage punks is raucous guitar-fueled fun, and a lot smarter than you might expect.

After the Party

The Menzingers

After the Party

The Pennsylvanian punks deepen their self-ruminations on their big-hearted fifth LP.

The Canyon

The Used

The Canyon

The Utah post-hardcore outfit delivers an ambitious, mature, and ultimately triumphant double album that explores mortality and the big picture.