Ten Rock Albums Turning Ten

Wanna feel old? It’s 2014. The millennium was almost a decade and a half ago.

If that didn’t work, here are ten rock albums you will be surprised have turned 10 years old this year, in no particular order. They’re almost considered “classic rock”.  Wrap your head around that one.

The End of Heartache – Killswitch Engage

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Killswitch Engage, now one of the seminal metalcore bands around, made a vocalist change for the better on their breakout sophomore record The End of Heartache, enlisting Howard Jones to sing and scream lead vocals. Listen and you will definitely recognize the title track’s matched guitar –and-double bass riff, as iconic as it was when it was first released. It’s rough and melodic and beautiful.

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge – My Chemical Romance

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Although disbanded now, My Chemical Romance’s follow-up to their debut album is also one of their best.  It kicks off with a song that’s become synonymous with MCR, “Helena.”  It is a self-proclaimed “horror emo punk”, perfect for October.  Vocalist-lyricist Gerard Way and his band in trou would go on to make some great music, like The Black Parade, but all of their deliciously overblown theatrical concept punk rock started right here.

…Is a Real Boy – Say Anything


Say Anything’s official debut album is a masterpiece of self-deprecation and song composition. From album opener “Belt” to a Holocaust love song “Alive With the Glory of Love” to scathing diatribe “The Futile” and everything in between, many will argue that they still haven’t hit the peak met on this record.  Check out “Admit It” and you will have to admit that this is the work of a (at the time) mad genius.

Hot Fuss – The Killers


A synth-laden throwback to epic pop dance rock albums of the 80’s, The Killers’ debut Hot Fuss is one of the best debut albums of all time. You guys remember ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Mr. Brightside’, because how can you not? But the rest of the album is just as good (if not, better).  Hot Fuss was worth all the fuss, and still is.

Absolution – Muse

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Muse has strayed away from their original sound with EDM and electronica recently but, once upon a time, they were an awesome rock band with a huge arena sound with vocals and politically relevant lyrics to match.  Absolution stands as one of their best albums.  Featuring tracks like “Time Is Running Out,”and “Stockholm Syndrome,” there’s a lot to like here, most of it like classic Muse; an entire rebel army on the verge of causing chaos.

Good News for People Who Love Bad News – Modest Mouse

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Modest Mouse was, and still is, one the most eclectic band sounds out there, coming at the forefront of indie rock with Good News for People Who Love Bad News.  This album features what many consider to be some of their signature songs, including the one everyone’s heard “Float On.”  Catchy yet melancholy guitars, pounding drums, and the most unique vocals around became the name of the game for Modest Mouse, and further tracks confirm that, like “Ocean Breathes Salty” and “Bukowski.”

Rubber Factory – The Black Keys

black keys rubber factoryYeah, The Black Keys have been around for a while. Even so, this album still stand as one of their best.  If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. It boasts some of their best cuts, including my personal favorite Keys song.  They haven’t gotten as tender and beautiful on a song as they do on centerpiece track “The Lengths” in a long time.  But don’t fret; they still get as gritty and bluesy here as they ever did, with prime tracks like “Girl Is On My Mind,” “10AM Automatic,” and “Keep Me.”

American Idiot – Green Day

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The album when Green Day got serious. Very obviously eschewing the verse-chorus-verse punk sound in favor of something a little more complicated, the rock opera that followed is a big reason why they’re still relevant today.  Songs like “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the title track are now eponymous with the band.

Funeral – Arcade Fire

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What a work of art.  There are some great albums on this list but, pound-for-pound and song-for-song Arcade Fire‘s Funeral has to be the best. Arcade Fire turned countless heads with their first album Funeral, a melancholic and effusive journey through neighborhoods and tunnels and dreams and waking up. It’s bombastic yet quiet, theatrical yet intimate, with loads of character and emotion for days. Arcade Fire has made a couple more albums since then, but I don’t think any have come close to the level that they started out at with Funeral.

Futures – Jimmy Eat World

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Jimmy Eat World did what most successful bands do for their sophomore record. They got a little darker, and a little more mature. One-word titles dominate the track list, with “Pain,” “Kill,” and “Work” being among the best the album has to offer. ‘Nothing Wrong,’ along with the title cut, prove that Jimmy can write a catchy and heavy hook to rival the best of them, and the album closer “23” is one of their best.  Jimmy Eat World is on tour now for their tenth anniversary of this album.  Check out dates here!

Featured Image by Rob Irgendwer via commons.wikipedia.org


  1. Katie Antonsson

    October 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oh wow. I remember listening to that My Chem album in middle school. “Helena” was my jam.

  2. Samantha Sweeney

    October 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I think I’m perpetually in middle school/high school. Most of these (especially MCR) are constantly on shuffle on my iPod…

  3. Lauren Silvestri

    October 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    “Helena” is such a classic! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since these albums, 2004 turned out to be a very strong year in music!

  4. Devon O' Connor

    October 20, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Ok, I need to join this MCR fan-wagon in the comments. 10 years old, that’s crazy! Such a great album <3

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