This past 2015 year was a great time for new music. We saw a decent amount of ‘older’ groups come out of the woodwork and begin to write new music, along with a plethora of new bands and new music. One of the biggest authorities on music, Billboard Music, just named their top 2015 ‘hard rock’ albums and there are some really good records on this list. Album sales are tallied between actual physical CDs sold, all digital downloads and all purchased music streams. Concert ticket sales are also factored in some how, and we all know how popular AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour was last year.
Some of the band names on the list are very recognizable and include AC/DC, Nickelback, Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Iron Maiden, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God and more. ‘Rock or Bust’ by AC/DC made it to the #1 spot on the list!
AC/DC’s latest album, “Rock Or Bust“, is their 16th studio album. The record as of today has sold more than 600,000 copies since it debuted at the # 3 spot on the Billboard Music album chart back in December 2014. It happens to be the band’s first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is unfortunately ill and can not tour with the band any longer. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. Drummer Phil Rudd has been going through some serious legal issues and was replaced with previous one time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade. Even with the new additions (and subtractions), the band still sounds tight and Brian Johnson’s voice is actually still pretty strong.
Billboard’s Top “Hard Rock Albums” of 2015
- AC/DC – “Rock Or Bust”
- NICKELBACK – “No Fixed Address”
- FOO FIGHTERS – “”Sonic Highways”
- BREAKING BENJAMIN – “Dark Before Dawn”
- FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – “Got Your Six”
- DISTURBED – “Immortalized”
- SLIPKNOT – “.5: The Gray Chapter”
- IN THIS MOMENT – “Black Widow”
- HALESTORM – “Into The Wild Life”
- IRON MAIDEN – “The Book Of Souls”
- MARILYN MANSON – “The Pale Emperor”
- SHINEDOWN – “Threat To Survival”
- ROYAL BLOOD – “Royal Blood”
- THREE DAYS GRACE – “Human”
- BRING ME THE HORIZON – “That’s The Spirit”
- LAMB OF GOD – “VII: Sturm Und Drang”
- SLAYER – “Repentless”
- SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – “Madness”
- AUGUST BURNS RED – “Found In Far Away Places”
- RED – “Of Beauty And Rage”
MUSIC VIDEO – AC/DC – August 2015 – Live Concert From MetLife Stadium in NJ – Turn it up!
Written by Craig Scott