4. The War on Drugs - 'Lost in the Dream'
This was a pivotal year for America's real-life war on drugs, as Colorado and Washington finally legalized recreational marijuana, hopefully setting the stage for similar actions all across the nation. It was also a pivotal year for the Philadelphia indie rock band War on Drugs, who saw their third LP, Lost in the Dream, land in stores to the best reviews of their career. "I wanted to write songs people could connect with on another level," frontman Adam Granduciel told Rolling Stone. "Instead of just the sonic landscape stuff of earlier albums, I wanted them to hear songs that they heard a part of themselves in or felt was a natural progression." Lost in the Dream is a 1980s throwback record that's been compared to everything from Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA to Fleetwood Mac's Mirage, but don't expect them to repeat the formula next time out. "I’d really love to make a record like [Neil Young's] Tonight’s the Night," Granduciel said. "Find a sweet old house, put [in] some pinballs and pool tables, party all day, and then at night, record from 11 to 4. It should be fun to do this."