SPIN Picks the Best Artists & Music of 2010

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Photograph by Daniel Jackson
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SPIN Staff

For the cover story of our 2010 Year in Music issue, we decided to spread the praise among three - technically four - artists who made tremendous impressions in the past 12 months and who had never graced a SPIN cover before: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, and Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys.

The accompanying feature stories capture the subjects at a unique moment in time, as they take stock of their breakout year and begin to plot their next moves. And they're just a few highlights of an issue that aims to celebrate achievement while, okay, poking a little fun at it all.

Get a taste here:

More of the Best of 2010:

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  • 1 Fantasmes — Bare Bones " 04:58
  • 2 The Black Angels — An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street " 03:20
  • 3 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45
  • 4 Low Leaf — Set Me Free " 02:13
  • 5 Doe Paoro — Nobody " 03:05
  • 6 Chromeo with Ezra Koenig — Ezra's Interlude " 01:55
  • 7 Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (Demo) " 05:54

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