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The 20 Best Avant Albums of 2015

Hard and fast boundaries don't mean much these days. M.I.A. would tell you as much, offering a big ol' "what's up with that?" at the…
Colin Joyce / December 9, 2015

The 25 Best Pop Albums of 2015

This year was the one where pop's backstage forces stepped out from behind the scenes and took the reins. Ariel Rechtshaid bridged the gap between college radio and Top…
SPIN Staff / December 7, 2015

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

Stream Our Playlist of the 101 Best Songs of 2015

After you've read our list of the 101 Greatest Songs of 2015 — listen to our accompanying Spotify playlist, rewinding our way through the best…
Andrew Unterberger / November 30, 2015

The 101 Best Songs of 2015

The Hills were alive with the sound of music in 2015, a period dominated by pop monoliths — the year started with Mark Ronson and…
SPIN Staff / November 30, 2015

The 21 Best Weezer Songs of the 21st Century

In the last month, crunchy formative-years favorites Weezer have dropped a pair of new songs that represent an interesting duality for the band and its…
Andrew Unterberger / November 24, 2015

Every Smashing Pumpkins Song, Ranked

Like fellow '90s Chicago great Michael Jordan, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has seen his legacy become somewhat tarnished in recent years by poor late-career…
SPIN Staff / October 30, 2015

The 5 Biggest Surprises From Last Night’s Massive Tidal X: 1020 Show

Last night's Tidal X: 1020 concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, thrown to celebrate the streaming service reaching a million users, felt like an uneven offering until (and…
Brennan Carley / October 21, 2015

CMJ: The Best From the Class of 2015

As it has every October for the past 35 years, the CMJ Music Marathon descended upon New York City in a flurry of bands, bands,…
SPIN Staff / October 19, 2015

The 50 Best Rock Bands Right Now

A list celebrating rock bands in 2015? We don't see why not. Rock isn't at the center of the musical universe anymore, sure — maybe…
SPIN Staff / October 16, 2015

Austin City Limits Weekend Two: Which of This Year’s Acts Could Headline in Five Years?

This weekend's Austin City Limits – the second iteration, a week after its first — marked the end of the major festival season. Sure, there's…
Brennan Carley / October 13, 2015

Five Pearls of Wisdom From Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’

Patti Smith has always been something of a cultural enigma. Spending the early part of her career merging poetry, blues, and punk rock, the musician, writer, and visual…
Rachel Brodsky / October 5, 2015

Five Artists to Watch in October 2015: Mal Blum, Lucie Silvas, and More

For October's iteration of SPIN's Five Artists to Watch series, there's a U.K. singer-songwriter who's refurnished her careers in the embers of Nashville's fast-burning country scene,…
SPIN Staff / October 2, 2015

The 11 Most Salacious Stories From Grace Jones’ New ‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’

Grace Jones is an icon of music, fashion, film, and more — the woman's 67 years old and she's still prospering like someone 40 years her…
Brennan Carley / September 28, 2015

The 50 Best Fictional Songs of All Time

Writing a real song is easy; writing a fake song is hard. The fictional song has undergone something of a renaissance recently, thanks largely to…
SPIN Staff / September 22, 2015

Five Artists to Watch in September 2015

Summer has not technically come to a close just yet, but brisk mornings and sweater weather are on the way. Ring in the end of…
SPIN Staff / September 1, 2015

MTV VMAs 2015: The Best (and Worst) Moments

More than any other such program that people actually pay attention to, the MTV Video Music Awards have come to operate on the principle that…
SPIN Staff / August 31, 2015

Ranking the Verses on Kanye West’s ‘Monster,’ Five Years Later

Five years ago today, Kanye West unleashed one of rap's most epic lineups  — Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Jay Z, and Nicki Minaj — on…
Brennan Carley / August 27, 2015

MTV VMAs: Every Video of the Year Nominee, Ranked

What do the videos for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" have in common? Well, aside from being the only two videos…
Andrew Unterberger / August 27, 2015

Ranking 2015’s Onstage Falls: Who Ate it the Most?

One Direction's Harry Styles made headlines today for falling while performing on stage, because people are evil and want to watch celebrities slip and fall…
James Grebey / August 21, 2015
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