Rock music experienced something of a comeback on the charts in 2016 thanks mostly to artists like Twenty One Pilots, who were able to take the style and alter it to fit with what the masses were looking for this year. While there is always a place for great rock music, the top of the charts haven’t been too kind to the genre in some time, which is a shame, as there are so many wonderful bands out there. 2017 could usher in another resurgence, as the names expected to share new music are some of the biggest and most reliable in terms of record sales and radio play. Could top 40 shift away from electronic pop and hip-hop to embrace rock once again? It’s certainly possible, and if anyone can make it happen, it’s at least some of these artists.
Here are eight of the most highly anticipated rock albums set to be released in 2017.
Perhaps the biggest rock band in the world still kicking, U2 has more to live up to than any other act out there, and they have sadly proven that just because they are beloved by millions around the world, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything goes their way all the time. The band’s last full-length album, 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, was famously gifted to everyone with an iTunes account as a promotional stunt coordinated by Apple, but there was some pretty serious backlash, and the return on investment essentially didn’t exist. Frontman Bono has been talking about the follow-up Songs Of Experience ever since Innocence dropped, and 2017 seems like it will finally produce the long-awaited second installment.
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Now that lead singer Jared Leto has won an acting Oscar, the band’s profile has risen extensively, and their next record could garner them a whole new legion of fans if it’s the right kind of music. Thirty Seconds To Mars has been relatively quiet since 2013, as Leto has been busy acting, but with a new label home and a promise to deliver a fifth album in 2017, expectations are high. The group has always injected an anthemic quality into their brand of alt-rock, and that’s something the genre could really use right now.
After winning the Grammy for Album of the Year (surprising many in the process), alt-everything musician Beck has nothing left to prove to anybody, which could make his upcoming album even better than his last. The still-untitled effort, which will be his thirteenth, was expected late in 2016, but the rocker himself had to push it back to sometime in 2017, though even he can’t say exactly when it will hit the streets. So far, the two singles released, “Dreams” and “Wow,” have been welcomed warmly by fans.
After venturing into Americana territory with his last two albums, Mayer is headed back to the style that made him a well-known musician over a decade ago. The singer-songwriter has announced that his seventh full-length as a solo act, The Search For Everything, is coming out sometime in 2017, though a date has not yet been set forth. Lead single “Love On The Weeknd” made a fair-sized splash when it was first released, peaking at No. 53, but thus far it hasn’t become a typical Mayer smash.
One of the most visible artists working in hard rock/industrial electronic music, Marilyn Manson and his band have been churning out some of the best of the genre for decades now, and there is no reason to believe that streak won’t continue when 2017 rolls around. The lead singer himself has announced that the album’s title will be SAY10, which makes sense, given that it is his tenth full-length. The record is due on Valentine’s Day (or around then), and with little else to compete with so far, Manson could easily find himself in the top 10 yet again.
After finally compiling all of the Christmas songs the band has been recording and releasing for a decade, The Killers are hard at work on what will be their next full-length. In fact, the band has been in the studio for well over a year at this point perfecting a fifth album, which is going to be released in 2017, though nobody can say exactly when just yet. The band’s last album Battle Born was released back in 2012, and it failed to produce the kind of radio fodder they have been able to pull off time and time again, but with producers like Ryan Tedder and Flood behind the scenes, the fate of this new collection might be different.
Rocker Ryan Adams shocked the world by releasing a Taylor Swift covers album last year, putting his spin on her pop opus 1989 in full. The result was well-reviewed and a relative commercial success (though of course nowhere near as massive as the original), and the effort likely earned him some new fans. Less than two years later, the respected musician, artist, and producer is returning with his latest, Prisoner, which should drop in mid-February. Lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” has already proven to be somewhat popular, and this new album could become one the highest-charting of his career with any luck.
Keep An Ear Out For
Some of the most exciting releases in rock next year could wind up being ones that at this point are only rumored. Many of the coolest acts that produce the biggest hits have been working on new titles, but nothing has been set in stone just yet, which perhaps suggests that the second half of 2017 might be chock full of great rock and roll of all styles. Linkin Park, the Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Paramore, and Phoenix could all reasonably release new albums, which would block out much of the calendar. AFI will start high with their new collection in January, and there is even word that Dave Matthews will return with his second-ever solo effort.