2. Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party'
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda knew the music he wrote for The Hunting Party was unlikely to be embraced by radio, but he didn't care. "It needed to be visceral," he said. "We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake. We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day." Many of the songs stemmed from Shinoda's dissatisfaction with indie rock. "I was trying to find something to listen to one day, and it wasn't there," he said. "And it kind of pissed me off. I like indie music. I like indie pop. But at a certain point, I feel like that box had been checked and checked again." The album connected with fans, debuting at Number Three on the Hot 100 last month.