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20 Rap Songs We Loved In 2017

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:35:24 +0000

Rap music felt as vital as ever in 2017, regaining its dominance on the charts and securing its stranglehold on the pop cultural zeitgeist. As such, there was a lot of rap music to get mad or dispirited about this year, but there was also tons of it to love. What you see below is a…



Read All Our 2017 Cover Stories

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:49:53 +0000

In 2017, Spin writers visited the streets of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, hung out with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew in L.A., traveled to Gary, Indiana to profile footwork pioneer Jlin, chatted with Venezuelan rock exiles La Vida Bohème, and spent a freewheeling New York afternoon with Jessie Ware. Here are all of our digital cover stories from 2017. …



The 101 Best Songs of 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:48:22 +0000

Tuning into the media often felt nightmarish this year, whether you got your news from the morning paper or the sleepless churn of Facebook and Twitter: a president with the temper and attention span of a child, a newly resurrected threat of nuclear war, terror attacks, neo-Nazi rallies, a rat race between professional pundits and…



50 Best Albums of 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:12:28 +0000

Tuning into the media often felt nightmarish this year, whether you got your news from the morning paper or the sleepless churn of Facebook and Twitter: a president with the temper and attention span of a child, a newly resurrected threat of nuclear war, terror attacks, neo-Nazi rallies, a rat race between professional pundits and…



The 25 Best Metal Songs of 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:17:36 +0000

Metal has always thrived by  extremes—despair, triumph, destruction, rebirth. But even in this traditionally aggressive art form, the genre has evolved to acknowledge an emotional core rooted in sensitivity, healing, catharsis, inclusion. In 2017, metal means droning, ambient soundscapes from Arizona’s With Our Arms to the Sun, avant experiments from Brooklyn’s Pyrrhon, and a blackened



Spin’s Favorite Overlooked Albums of 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:44:06 +0000

In 2017, there was more media than ever before in human history, and what felt like painfully little attention left to devote to it all. Even as paid, professional music critics, there were plenty of albums that slipped past us initially, or which we just didn't get around to covering. So here each Spin staffer will present…



The 101 Best Songs of 2016

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:45:48 +0000

When the history books are written, music will probably not be the first thing anyone remembers about 2016. Nevertheless, the music was excellent—memorable and meaningful enough to grant us aesthetic reprieve from a world tilting more toward chaos. In the music we loved, we found unrestrained glee, soul-stirring explorations of love, reminders to stick close to our…



The 50 Best Albums of 2016

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:15:25 +0000

There's been no shortage of pessimism about 2016—a year that was plagued with fear, hatred, and confusion. In music, that ugliness was often confronted head-on, whether it was Beyoncé calling for a formation against rising tides, or YG offering Democrats an alternate slogan against Donald Trump. There was plenty to mourn over within music itself,…



In Memoriam: The Musicians We Lost in 2015

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:35:52 +0000

Over the last 12 months, we bid farewell to two R&B legends, a pioneering '60s pop singer, an alt-rock statesman, and the musician who invented acid house. We said goodbye to talents as disparate as B.B. King, A$AP Yams, Kim Fowley, and Gail Zappa. Below, remember the lives and legacies of those we lost in…



Kyle McGovern’s 25 Best Albums of 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 13:59:37 +0000

To finish out the year, we’re offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Here we have Senior Editor Kyle McGovern. When I think back on 2015, a few moments spring to mind immediately. There's the night when, just as I was settling into bed, I realized that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a