The 12 Best Summer Albums of All Time

ratedrBest Album For Getting F’d Up in 110-Degree Heat

Queens of the Stone Age | Rated R ($10 and up @ | (2000)

The band’s debut album — the band is basically made up entirely of Josh Homme — helped define a genre so completely that it became alternately known as “desert rock” (since Homme is a native of Palm Desert, California) and “stoner rock” (since … well, ask Homme). But the true breakthrough came on this sophomore album thanks to the snarling opening track “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” whose verses consisted solely of the words, “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol,” followed by the chorus, “C-c-c-c-cocaine.” It made Homme the easiest man in rock to buy birthday presents for.

Summeriest Song: “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”