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The 96 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1996

Undoubtedly, 1996 was the year of Weird Alternative. Representing the final period before underground rock's post-grunge bubble totally burst, the hits of 1996 shook out…
SPIN Staff / August 31, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

The 66 Best Songs of 2016 So Far

If the album is still supposed to be dying, nobody told 2016 – it's hard to remember a year that was so dominated by the…
SPIN Staff / June 3, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far

Now that we're nearly halfway done with 2016, the time has come for your annual summer-listening list. Expect to find a tender comeback from the…
SPIN Staff / June 1, 2016

The 15 Most Controversial Songs of All-Time

In the mid-'80s, a big-haired then-Senator’s wife named Tipper Gore was taking a stroll near her 11-year-old daughter’s room. Without warning, she caught an earful…
Liza Lentini / May 17, 2016

The Nine Corniest Lines on Drake’s ‘Views’

Last night, hundreds of thousands of twentysomethings walked to where the sea meets the land and cried as their lips quivered and their hearts trembled.
Brian Josephs / April 29, 2016

The 40 Best Nu-Metal Covers of Pop Songs

If you've been paying attention to Billboard's Hot 100 chart recently, you might see a surprising combination of artist and title ascending its way up…
SPIN Staff / April 27, 2016

Phife Dawg’s 50 Best Opening Lines on A Tribe Called Quest Verses

Few MCs in the history of hip-hop took less time to make an impression than the man born Malik Taylor. Whether you first heard him…
Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2016

SXSW 2016: The Five Best Things We Saw on Day Five

A massive, city-wide festival like South By Southwest leaves a lot of room for surprises, whether it's a week of sweltering heat followed by a temperature…
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2016

SXSW 2016: CHVRCHES, Vince Staples, Deftones, and More Dominate the Stubb’s Stage

SPIN held its annual South By Southwest day party at Stubb's on Friday, presented by Harley-Davidson and Bud Light, which featured a diverse array of…
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2016

SXSW 2016: The Five Best Things We Saw on Day Three

The 30th annual South by Southwest rolled straight into Thursday for another day of unpredictable weather patterns (seriously, Austin, make up your mind), packed streets…
SPIN Staff / March 18, 2016

SXSW 2016: The Five Best Things We Saw on Day Two

With one sun-scorched day under festival goers' belts, the 30th annual South by Southwest music conference continued louder than ever on its second day in Austin.
SPIN Staff / March 17, 2016

SXSW 2016: The Five Best Things We Saw on Day One

Austin's 30th annual South by Southwest music festival kicked off on Tuesday, and though the bulk of the celebration has yet to arrive, its first day featured a…
SPIN Staff / March 16, 2016

Every Guns N’ Roses Song, Ranked

The further from their peak we get, the crazier it feels that Guns N' Roses ever happened. The Los Angeles-bred group behind the most streamlined,…
SPIN Staff / February 19, 2016

The 2016 Grammy Performances, Ranked From Worst to First

20. The Hollywood Vampires, "As Bad As I Am" / "Ace of Spades" Not bad, per sé, just kinda dispiriting —…
Andrew Unterberger / February 16, 2016

Every Ty Segall Release, Ranked

There are three things about Ty Segall that will probably never change: The San Francisco garage-rock icon is a prolific songwriter, plays the guitar very…
Harley Brown / February 9, 2016

The 100 Greatest David Bowie Moments

As devastating as it was when news came down last Monday that David Bowie had died of cancer at age 69 — and it's hard…
SPIN Staff / January 19, 2016

The Five Greatest Motörhead Albums

Like Slayer or the Roots, Motörhead are never considered to be less than a great band, though their legend is somewhat automatic just for sticking…
Dan Weiss / January 4, 2016

In Memoriam: The Musicians We Lost in 2015

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…
SPIN Staff / December 28, 2015

Kyle McGovern’s 25 Best Albums of 2015

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…
Kyle McGovern / December 24, 2015
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