21. Royal Blood- Royal Blood (2014)

Very few debut records of this decade punch you in the mouth and stay with you the way that British two-piece Royal Blood’s self-titled album does. In a decade that saw every major music publication pushing the tired narrative that rock was dead and gone, Royal Blood obliterated the notion in one 32 and a half minutes long swoop. Recorded with just a bass, drums, and vocals this record sounds absolutely huge. Singles like “Come On Over”, “Figure it Out” and “Little Monster” are destined to be played at maximum volume and be included on any list of the best rock songs of the decade. Since this record came out, they released an excellent follow-up and have toured the world as support for Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age as well as on their own headlining tours, not bad for a band playing a supposedly dead genre of music.

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