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 Twin Peaks — Strawberry Smoothie " 02:24
  • 2 Jessie Ware — Share It All " 04:18
  • 3 Rustie — Attak (feat. Danny Brown) " 03:01
  • 4 M.I.A. — Gold " 01:48
  • 5 A Sunny Day in Glasgow — Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) [Ice Choir Remix] " 04:35

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