Sunday, December 31, 2023

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2023!

 We love all kinds of rock music here at HHRR, from the poppiest pop-punk to the hardest hard rock and heaviest metal.  

2022 had a lot of our favorite harder-edged bands in the Top 10:  Motionless in White, Halestorm and Shinedown to name a few.  With those bands still riding high on their 2022 albums, 2023's list leans a little poppier, as you'll see.  Maybe next year, we'll have a perfect mix across the rock spectrum.  'Til then, enjoy this, our top 10 albums of 2023!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2022!

 Whew!  2022 was a crazy busy year for new music.

Maybe it was the pandemic that produced a backlog of new recordings that hit this year.  Or maybe artists felt more comfortable to book tours that were less likely to cancel and wanted to support those tours with new releases.

Whatever it was, it seemed that there was A LOT of new albums to consider for this year's top 10.  It's wild to think that there were some really, really good albums that didn't make the top 10 this year, but would have easily scored a spot in previous years.  Heck, the albums from Skid Row, Simple Plan, Dragged Under, Dorothy and Love/Hate could have easily been THE top 5 on another list and no one would bat an eyelash!

But, alas, the Helping Hands Rock Reviews team had to narrow the field down to 10 albums and here is what we came up with...

Monday, December 27, 2021

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2021!

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic cloud hung over the live music industry.  Many tours were postponed, keeping artists and their fans a bit separated.

However, that cloud had a silver lining:  recording artists spent a good part of 2020 recording.  This resulted in many great albums being released in 2021.  

This was the hardest year in a long time for us to narrow down our annual "best albums of the year" list to just 10.  However, we did it!

And, while there were plenty of albums that earned honorable mentions (if we awarded them), we feel that our top 10 is packed with deserving releases from top to bottom!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2020!

 2020 will be remembered for many things.  

Probably most of those things won't be music.  

But, that's unfortunate, because there were some really good releases in this crazy year.  As we do every year, we'll count down our top 10 albums of 2020!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2019!

We've been admittedly a bit quiet this year on Helping Hands Rock Reviews as we've had our hands in other charitable ventures.  But, that doesn't mean we haven't been paying attention to the great music that has come out in 2019!

As you're about to see from our choices for the top 10 albums of the year, we found great music in a variety of genres in 2019.  So, let's get right to it and count these great albums down from #10 to #1

Monday, December 31, 2018

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2018

To be frank, in some years, it's tough for us to identify even eight albums worthy of making it to a top 10 list.  Not in 2018!  There were probably a couple of dozen that had legit chances of making it.

Lots of awesome music is a good problem to have.  But, alas, a top 10 list won't make much sense if 24 albums make it.  So, after serious debate, mathematical formulas, and both logical and emotional tiebreakers, we give you Helping Hands Rock Reviews Top 10 Albums of 2018!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

HHRR's Top 10 Albums of 2017

It must have been a great year for music.

Here at Helping Hands Rock Reviews headquarters, we had a hard time narrowing our annual best album list down to just 10. In fact, we had to go to a fourth tie-breaker to fill the last two slots!

But we did it!  So, without further ado, here are our top 10 albums of 2017!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Meet The SuperSharer: Steve C!

This last week of Share Pittsburgh Music Month, we've been spotlighting our SuperSharers.  SuperSharers are passionate fans of Pittsburgh music who have diligently planned out the music videos they'd be sharing throughout this incredible month and have gone through great lengths to help us track the impact of videos tagged with #SharePGHMusicMonth.

So, we're closing out the month by introducing you to the last - but certainly not least - of the SuperSharers.  Actually, saving this guy for last is like saving the grand finale for the end of a fireworks display.  His untiring support for Pittsburgh music has become somewhat legendary.