Best Albums

The 50 Best Albums of 2016

There's been no shortage of pessimism about 2016—a year that was plagued with fear, hatred, and confusion. In music, that ugliness was often confronted head-on,…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2015

If you're reading this, it's late 2015. To complement our list of the year's 101 Best Songs, we've collected the 50 Best Albums from the…
SPIN Staff / December 1, 2015

The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)

SPIN hit a milestone this year: our 30th birthday. To celebrate, we caught up with some of the artists behind our past picks for Album…
SPIN Staff / May 11, 2015

The 50 Best Albums of 2014

With the Salad Days of 2014 long gone, we're looking back on the music that defined the past 12 months. We've already counted down the…
SPIN Staff / December 9, 2014

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013

Here's what happens when Tomorrow's Harvest becomes yesterday's news. To complement our Top 50 Songs of 2013, it's time to count down the year's best…
SPIN Staff / December 2, 2013

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2012

In 2012, R&B crooned underwater, metal went not-metal, and hip-hop fell into a K-hole, and these were just a few of the ways to make…
SPIN Staff / December 3, 2012

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2011

Everywhere you looked this year there was an absurd or chaotic or turbulent situation that made absolutely no sense whatsoever — people all over the…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2011

The 40 Best Albums of 2009

The 40 best albums of 2009, ranked by the SPIN editors. [This list was originally published in the January 2010 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2009

The 40 Best Albums of 2008

Change! Crisis! Hope! Meltdown! You betcha! The past 366 days (happy belated leap year!) have been such a roller-coaster ride of apocalyptic dread and yes-we-can…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2008

The 40 Best Albums of 2007

What was it about this year that made our lives a little brighter? Was it the abundance of fine music or the shifting landscape that…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2007

The 40 Best Albums of 2006

In the far-off future, when pop-music archaeologists sift through the rubble that was 2006, they won't just find a cache of extraordinary art created by…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2006

The 40 Best Albums of 2005

The 40 best albums of 2005, as ranked by the SPIN editors. [This list was originally published in the January 2006 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2005

The 40 Best Albums of 2004

The 40 best albums of 2004, as ranked by the SPIN editors. [This list was originally published in the January 2005 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2004

The 40 Best Albums of 2003

The 40 best albums of 2003, as ranked by the SPIN editors. [This list was originally published in the January 2004 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2003
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