#8. Cults, Cults

Label: In The Name Of/Columbia
Released: June 7

2011 brought in swarms of indie acts taking us back with retro rock sounds, but Cults' self-titled debut album topped them all. When the New York duo popped up with “Go Outside,” it seemed entirely possible that they'd end up as just another buzz act that comes along, drops one insanely catchy song, and fades away into obscurity. But now it's clear: that's not going to happen. With only 11 songs, their first proper album is a minimal masterpiece, but there's not a track on here that isn't a gem.