The New Year is upon us, and looking back at 2017, we've enjoyed a killer year of music. From Foo Fighters to Robert Plant, the year brought new releases from some of rock and metal's most legendary names. Read on for 10 must-have rock and metal albums of 2017, in alphabetical order. Bring on 2018!

Beck, Colors

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

There's no denying that Beck is an incredibly gifted songwriter and performer, and Colors is yet another example of his ingenuity. "Up All Night," the album's debut single, is a dance-happy, upbeat, quirky track that has earned Beck yet another No. 1 hit, all while staying true to his unique style.


David Bowie, No Plan

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

The world stopped when David Bowie suddenly passed away, and later, anticipation built for the arrival of No Plan. The set features songs from Bowie's final sessions for his final album, and although it's a dark and gloomy collection, it shows that Bowie's musical genius was with him until the end.


Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

Foo Fighters struck gold, pun very much intended, with Concrete and Gold, the band's much-anticipated 2017 release. In addition to Dave Grohl and company's trademark melodic rock, the band surprised fans with a handful of high-profile collaborations (Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake) on the set and a little pop appeal, thanks to producer Greg Kurstin.


Gone Is Gone, Echolcoation

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

Good super groups can be hard to find, and thankfully, we have a new one in Gone Is Gone. The band -- which features members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In -- is all sparkles on its 2017 studio set, Echolcoation, presenting atmospheric, cinematic-sounding sonic landscapes.


Mastodon, Emperor of Sand

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

Atlanta metallers Mastodon aren't afraid to get deep with their albums, and Emperor of the Sand is a perfect example. The towering set takes listeners through a dark, psychedelic metal world, wrapped in a personal theme of loss and heartache.


Robert Plant, Carry Fire

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

It's always an event when Robert Plant releases a new album, and the Led Zeppelin singer's 11th solo album, Carry Fire, is certainly cause for celebration. A blend of roots, hard rock and unique instrumentation makes this a must-have release for any Plant, or Zep, fan.


Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want?

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

Roger Waters does what he does best on Is This the Life We Really Want? From politically-charged anthems to "The Wall"-style musical arrangements, this is a release that certainly resonates with Pink Floyd fans.


Stone Sour, Hydrograd

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

Stone Sour took a few years between albums, giving frontman Corey Taylor time to work with Slipknot and write books about everything from his life to politics, but fans were ready when Stone Sour returned. The new album, Hydrograd, really shows Stone Sour's range, taking listeners from hard-hitting, explosive tracks such as "Fabuless" to the melodic, catchy "Song #3."


Styx, The Mission

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

After rocking out for so many decades, one might think Styx's best stuff would be confined to their early releases. But with The Mission, Styx defies the odds, churning out a high-octane concept album that stands up to their best work.


U2, Songs of Experience

Best Rock and Metal of 2017

U2's long awaited Songs of Experience record fits well in the band's lengthy discography. The set highlights the group's classic sound, with a batch of stadium rock numbers and moody, introspective songs, to boot.