8. Drive-By Truckers, 'American Band'
The cover of the Drive-By Truckers' 11th album simply shows a flag at half-staff. It's a simple, but stark message by Patterson Hood and his bandmates that they feel the country they love is not living up to its ideals. Across the 11 songs on American Band, they tackle everything from gun violence to Black Lives Matter to immigration and even the legacy of the Civil War. "The things Donald Trump says are way worse than a lot of what [Alabama governor] George Wallace said," Hood told Rolling Stone. "It's like, 'God, haven't we learned anything?'"