LA punks Bad Cop/Bad Cop returned this year with their killer third album The Ride on Fat Wreck Chords (read the band's track-by-track). It takes on personal issues (like Stacey Dee's battle with breast cancer) and political ones (like the Trump administration's immigration policies), and it wraps all of its powerful messages in anthemic, driving songs. If you haven't heard it, I recommend giving it a spin.

Meanwhile, we asked BC/BC what their favorite albums of the year were, and they made us a group list that includes some of their Fat labelmates (PEARS, Get Dead, The Bombpops, The Suicide Machines, the NOFX/Frank Turner split), plus Run The Jewels, Hayley Williams, IDLES, and more. Here's their list, in no particular order:

IDLES - Ultra Mono
Death By Stereo - We're all Dying Just in Time
Nova Twins - Who are the Girls?
PEARS - PEARS
Get Dead - Dancing with the Curse
The Bombpops - Death in Venice Beach
The Suicide Machines - Revolution Spring
Run The Jewels - RTJ4
Hayley Williams - Pedals for Armor
NOFX / Frank Turner - West Coast vs Wessex

Bad Cop/Bad Cop also landed on Fat Mike's list.

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