Best Punk Rock Albums of the 2010sI'm not going to focus on pop-punk but rather punk as a whole. Because despite the genre being more popular in the 70s and 80s, it still has a cultural following to this day. Here's the best punk albums of the 2010s minus those pesky pop-punk acts. So let's go.
Discharge is a band that is very consistent in terms of sound. Which is already a good sign and this album continues their signature sound which implementing different things as well. It's definitely one worth checking out if you're a fan of them or into hardcore punk as a whole.
Solid pick for #1. Great album from beginning to end.
The Misfits were essential to horror punk. Which is undeniable. This album in particular is their most recent endeavor and it came out 10 years ago. Hmm, odd but as a whole, this album is pretty solid and has lots of great hooks going for it.
Bad Brains are probably one of the biggest examples that come to mind when someone brings up hardcore punk. Also, crossover thrash to an extent as well which is fairly evident. This album is certainly different than some of their other material. Which in my opinion it deserves at least one spot on this list.
As far as crossover thrash music goes Agnostic Front are among the best of that genre. This album is definitely among their strongest with lots of great riffs, drums, and vocals throughout. The vocals might not be melodic in a sense, but that's kinda the point they're not supposed to sound really clean which doesn't bug me.
Descendents are among some of the best that the genre has to offer in my opinion. Lots of great hooks, riffs, top-notch stuff. This album is definitely among their best with lots of great moments very few dull duds at all. Highly recommend this album for long time fans of Descendents you won't be disappointed.
“Can't live without love” I need to get more into this band
Although they lean towards a more melodic hardcore sound nowadays. I don't view that as a bad view. They're still energetic and have tons of charisma. It's kinda hard to top some of their early material or even some of their 90s material admittedly.
I think bad religion’s latest album deserves a spot on this list too. Also, wrong way kids is one of my fave bad religion songs.
NOFX represents the more frat side of punk to an extent. This is evident with some of their song titles and lyrics. I think that makes them very enjoyable though. This album in particular proves that they still got it. Fat Mike's vocals are just as solid as they've always been major props to whoever produced this album.
“Someone lock the door - I don’t like me anymore”
I think it's no secret to anyone I love Rise Against. I enjoy Tim Mcllraith's vocal delivery and I enjoy their guitar work too. Lots of their songs still manage to hold up after all these years. This album has mixed reception but I think it's certainly a highlight to their discography.
“Are we not good enough, are we not brave enough, is the violence in our nature...”
American Fall has some of Anti-Flag's best hooks and political lyricism to date. Some might say it doesn't top their earlier material. Which I can understand to an extent but a vast majority of this album delivers and succedes in what it sets out to do. American Attraction in particular is the song that really got me hooked on Anti-Flag
“There’s no escaping the American attraction”
It definitely doesn't top some of their earlier stuff. However, it's a decent enough record for what it is. Fun catchy tunes, with riffs that aren't too shabby. I'd also argue that it's better than their Cropduster album but as a whole still not too bad.
Released in 2017. Solid album by the hard working and consistent G.B.H.
Great album with great lyrics as usual with Subhumans. Released in 2019.
Solid 70’s style Punk Rock from New York. Released in 2017.
Aussie Surf Punk released in 2017.
Great modern Hardcore Punk out of Pennsylvania. This EP was released in 2019. They also have a killer demo tape floating around out there.
One of my favorite modern Punk bands. A hybrid of Garage and Hardcore. There latest album “Life Is Pain Idiot” is the best Punk album released so far in 2021 in my opinion. This album (Hot Liqs) was released in 2016.
Definitely the most unique band on the list. Strange but super cool Synth-Punk. I pretty sure fans of Devo and The Spits will dig The Coneheads. Too bad this band was short lived, they were awesome!
Hardcore Punk “super group” with Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag) on vocals, Steven McDonald (Red Cross, Melvins) on bass, Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) on guitar and Mario Rubalcaba (411, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) on drums. You like Black Flag? Circle Jerks? Then you’ll like OFF! The best Hardcore Punk band of the 2010’s in my opinion.
Find this inclusion somewhat debatable. While Sum 41 does tend to be more aggressive than other pop-punk acts at the time via Blink 182, or Green Day. Most notably their albums, Chuck, Screaming Bloody Murder, and 13 Voices to be exact. I'm not sure if I'd call this album in particular punk. Yeah, it's a bit political but the overall sound is more reminiscent of alternative metal to especially A Death in the Family. Catching Fire sounds like a radio ballad, and the same can be said for Never There. Also, I don't think taking influences from The Offspring (The People Vs), Muse (The New Sensation), and I've often heard direct comparisons to Avenged Sevenfold on this record are really punk for that matter. I don't really hear the A7X influence others claim to hear in the slightest.