Every year, the same meme featuring Justin Timberlake reemerges at the end of April, reminding the world: "it's gonna be May." Now that the month is actually here, it's time to assess what new music will be filtered through earbuds and sound systems over the next few weeks. The top Album releases of the month will feature the return of some fan favorite bands, as well as the debut album from a boy band singer going solo for the first time.

4. 'From a Room: Volume 1' -- Chris Stapleton

Stapleton went from a little known songwriter to one of the hottest names in country music with his 2015 debut album, "Traveller." His new music should feature the confidence stemming from churning out hits such as "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Parachute" two years ago.

His sophomore effort will be released this week, on May 5.

3. 'One More Light' -- Linkin Park

Its been three years since Linkin Park released their last album, "The Hunting Party," which absolutely nobody remembers. Their first single from the new record - "Heavy" featuring Kiiara - has been met with positive reviews. This will also mark the first time the band has welcomed co-songwriters on an album, which will include Julia Michaels and blackbear. "One More Light" will drop on May 19.

2. 'Harry Styles' -- Harry Styles

The most prominent member of One Direction is going solo. The first single from his eponymous debut, "Sign of the Times," has been unlike anything else a member of the group or the group as a whole has created.

It's haunting and beautiful, slow in its approach but undeniable in its force. If the album is anything like that, Styles will have little issue surpassing Zayn as the most successful member of the group to go solo. "Harry Styles" is coming on May 12.

1. 'After Laughter' -- Paramore

It has been far too long since Paramore graced the alternative rock world with a record.

Much has changed since the eponymous "Paramore" came out in 2013. Drummer Zac Farro is back, and bassist Jeremy Davis is gone. Nevertheless, lead singer Hayley Williams will once again serve as the focal point. In interviews leading up to the release of the album, she admitted that it seemed like another record would never come from the band, so the fact that a fifth one is only days away at this point is extremely exciting for their loyal fans. There has already been a single released in "Hard Times." "After Laughter" will be released by Paramore's record label, Fueled by Ramen, on May 12.