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5 Most Popular SPIN Stories of 2008

Our Readers Speak: Discover the magazine's most-read stories -- D'Angelo, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and more.

By: SPIN Staff // January 1, 2009

Every month, we offer a taste of SPIN’s latest issue right here on SPIN.com, and we’re always fascinated to see which articles get your prolonged attention online. Here are your most-visited SPIN magazine articles this year. Click through to read each article in its entirety!

1. D’ANGELO: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?

Thanks to that video, D’Angelo was poised for superstardom, and the R&B renaissance he led was about to change the world. Instead, he fell into a spiral of substance abuse and arrests — and virtually disappeared. Eight years later, his friends and colleagues reveal where he’s been and what it’s going to take to bring him back. Read >>

2. “Y.M.C.A.” (AN ORAL HISTORY)

America’s favorite ballpark sing-along is actually (gasp!) a disco anthem about gay sex. Or is it? On the 30th anniversary of the Village People smash, we get the full story from the folks who know best: the cowboy, the construction worker… Read >>

3. COVER STORY: VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Thanks to the new speed of buzz, Vampire Weekend have gone from the Ivy League to the big leagues in record time. And everyone’s impressed, it seems, but Vampire Weekend.Read >>

4. PARAMORE IS A BAND

She’s the flame-haired frontwoman for rock’s most successful new act. But Hayley Williams just wants to be one of the guys. Read >>

5. COVER STORY: MGMT

In two strange years, MGMT have gone from campus lark to psych-pop superstars and ragtag fashion icons. Now these merry pranksters have to figure out how to keep the career they didn’t even know they wanted, without losing their minds. Read >>