If you recognize Sleigh Bells and The-Dream, we applaud your wide-ranging musical taste!
To help you weed through the hundreds (make that thousands!) of new releases, SPIN's editors picked the top records of the first half of the year. Click through the gallery to see who made our list -- and read our reasons why. -- William Goodman
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »