9. Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age
In the years since, most stoner rock fans are still trying to find an album that can equal Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf. Being one of the most abrasive mainstream albums to come out of the '00s, Josh Homme's opus acts almost like a concept record of sorts, taking you on a journey through the California desert before arriving at Joshua Tree. Once you're out of the car though, what exactly happens?
As far as the storyline of the album is concerned, the music keeps getting more and more chaotic as you get further and further into the desert, with the clean sound of No One Knows sounding immaculate compared to the grainy anarchy going on in the back half of A Song for the Deaf. After a few seconds of listening though, we get Mosquito Song, as Homme talks about mosquitos coming down to suck your blood.
So...does that mean that we've met our end in the desert? Given that earlier songs like Hanging Tree were already hinting at some primal form of lust, this very well could be the point of no return, where we are taken into the back of Rancho de La Luna and thrown on a slab, as everyone waits for the vermin to feast on our entrails. Not exactly a happy sendoff...but it was one hell of a ride while it lasted.