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Best Gifts for Rock Music Fans This Christmas

Need a Christmas gift for a passionate fan of all things rock? Check out our favorite albums, merch, and more from artists in the genre.

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Looking for the perfect gift for the rock fan in your life?

These are our picks for the best Christmas gifts for rock music fans this holiday season.

Steely Dan – Northeast Corridor Live

Steely Dan’s Northeast Corridor Live album is the band’s first live-recorded release in over 25 years. The album features some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Hey Nineteen,” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” all on two heavyweight, audiophile-grade LPs.

Buy the album here.

Donald Fagen – The Nightfly Live

Best known as a member of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen has also released several prog-jazz albums over the course of his career. The virtuosic musician originally released The Nightfly, his debut record, in 1982, and this live version is a perfect gift for fans of the original studio album.

The Nightfly Live is available now.

Dave Grohl – The Storyteller Book

Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller is one of the hottest memoirs of this year, and with good reason. Grohl, of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame, is one of the most legendary musicians of the last 30 years, and he offers an intimate look into his career here. Buy The Storyteller here.

Genesis – The Last Domino

This album from iconic prog-rock band Genesis is available now in multiple formats. It features hits from throughout the band’s career.

Nirvana – Nevermind (30th Anniversary)

Nirvana’s Nevermind was released 30 years ago, and it’s still one of the most talked-about grunge albums of all time. The quintessential record is available now as a super deluxe 30th anniversary LP box set.

Almost Famous (20th Anniversary)

The Almost Famous soundtrack features beloved songs from the 60s and 70s, as well as original tracks from the movie’s fictitious band, Stillwater. This anniversary version of the soundtrack is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the movie, as well as any fan of classic rock!

Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Remastered)

Tattoo You was released at the beginning of the 1980s, and it proved to fans and critics alike that The Stones were still just as relevant in rock as ever. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the record is available as a special box set.

Buy it here.

Metallica – The Black Album (Remastered)

Metallica’s The Black Album is a timeless classic that has gone Platinum multiple times over since its original release. It’s now available as a special remastered double LP.

Buy it here.

Paul Weller – Fat Pop

Paul Weller’s Fat Pop is the indie-punk star’s newest record, and it’s available now.

Buy it here.

Styx – Crash of the Crown

Crash of the Crown is the iconic prog-rock band’s first full-length release since 2017, and it features a full tracklist of brand new songs. The album is hailed as the band’s magnum opus, and its tracks include the singles “Crash of the Crown,” “Reveries,” and more.

The new Styx album is available here.

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass is the quintessential record from the beloved Beatles member’s solo discography, and it’s now available on vinyl, as well as in multiple other formats.

Buy it here.

Cat Stevens – Teaser and the Firecat

Beloved folk singer-songwriter Cat Stevens put out Teaser and the Firecat 50 years ago now, and it’s just as relevant and exciting of a listen now as it was then. The album is now available on vinyl and in multiple other formats.

Buy it here.

The Who – The Who Sell Out

The Who Sell Out is remembered as much for its hit tracks as for its timeless cover art. Now decades old, the classic album still sounds just as good as ever. It’s available for purchase now, so buy it here.

Frank Zappa – 200 Motels

Frank Zappa’s mind-bending 200 Motels is a classic that’s known both for its visuals and its soundtrack, but it’s the songs that have stuck with us the longest. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the soundtrack of the rock opera is now available.

Get your hands on it here.

KISS – Destroyer 45th Anniversary

KISS’s Destroyer is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and it’s been reissued, remastered, and is better than ever. You can grab the classic heavy metal album here.

The Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker

Shake Your Money Maker is an iconic rock record that is right at home in any fan of the genre’s collection. It’s available now as a commemorative anniversary record.

Buy it here.

The Band – Cahoots (50th Anniversary)

This classic rock album is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so it’s the perfect time to give a copy to a fan of 70s music! Cahoots is available here.

The Beatles – Let It Be

The Beatles’ final album has aged incredibly well, and the band currently has the record on sale in multiple formats.

Buy it here!

The Beach Boys – Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions

Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions are some of the most psychedelic and exciting projects that The Beach Boys ever released. The exclusive recordings from the sessions for these albums are available now.

Buy it here.

Billy Preston – Encouraging Words

Billy Preston’s classic album Encouraging Words is an excellent gift to give this year in celebration of Preston’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame! The album features an iconic cover of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” as well as “All Things Must Pass.”

Also included are “Sing One for the Lord,” “I’ve Got a Feeling,” and other songs written in collaboration with Beatles members. It’s a classic album from a man who’s often been referred to as “The Fifth Beatle.”

Encouraging Words is available here.

Eric Clapton – The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions

Eric Clapton stayed busy during the pandemic recording this collection of songs. It’s one that Clapton fans definitely won’t want to miss!

Peter Frampton: Frampton Forgets the Words

Rock icon Peter Frampton and his band’s latest is available now in multiple formats and features tracks like “Reckoner” by Radiohead and “Isn’t It a Pity” by George Harrison. It’s Frampton’s eighteenth studio album, and it was recorded at Studio Phenix in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Frampton and Chuck Ainlay.

Stevie Van Zandt: Unrequited Infatuations

This memoir by Stevie Van Zandt features never-before-told stories from the life of the iconic rock star and activist. Buy it here.

The Velvet Underground Documentary Soundtrack

The Velvet Underground is a documentary film by Todd Haynes that was accompanied by an iconic original score. Fans of the band and the movie will instantly recognize the songs on the original score, including “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Chelsea Girls,” “Sweet Jane,” and many more.

Buy it here.

Billy Gibbons – Hardware

Billy Gibbons recently released his brand new album Hardware, and it’s now available in multiple formats, including as an exclusive box set. Fans can choose between a purple or orange LP, along with exclusive merch and other goodies. The album is also available on CD and as a digital download.

Buy Hardware here.

Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Releases

Rory Gallagher is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his self-titled record, which is now available in several formats as a limited-edition reissue. Originally released in 1971, the album was self-produced and put out by Polydor Records. It features the songs “Laundromat,” “Wave Myself Goodbye,” “Sinner Boy,” and more.

Find it here.

Greta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s Gate

Greta Van Fleet are some of the forerunners of modern rock, and they’ve made waves with their Led Zeppelin-esque sound since the 2010s. The group’s record The Battle at Garden’s Gate is a perfect rock record for music lovers young and old, and it’s available here.

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