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SPIN’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2011

For much of 2011, arguing about what is and isn't R&B appeared to be more fun than actually listening to R&B (however you personally defined…
Rob Harvilla / December 21, 2011

SPIN’S 20 Best Dance Albums of 2011

House goes R&B, dubstep goes subterranean, panic goes to the disco, Justice goes to space, and moombahton does whatever moombahton wants. Groove, however, is still…
SPIN Staff / December 21, 2011

SPIN’s 10 Best Music Books of 2011

SPIN's Best of 2011:• One Fucked Up Year: SPIN's Best of 2011 Issue• SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011• SPIN's 20 Best Songs of 2011•…
SPIN Staff / December 20, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2011

Nashville insiders vs. Nashville "outsiders." Curtain calls for all-time legends vs. exhilarating breakthroughs from possible new ones. Alt-country louts seeking contentment vs. rehabilitated alt-country louts…
Rob Harvilla / December 20, 2011

SPIN’s 10 Best Reissues of 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: There are two ways (at least) to look at the apparently neverending glut of Reissues currently being churned out by the superstar-lacking, MP3-haunted…
Mike Powell / December 15, 2011

Endless Bummer: 30 Ways 2011 Was a Drag

Record sales tanked, the White Stripes split up, talented musical heroes lost their lives, and Flavor Flav lost his chicken joint. SPIN looks back at…
Ken Bachor / December 14, 2011

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

SPIN’s 20 Best Songs of 2011

Check out more of SPIN's countdowns of 2011's best music here: SPIN's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011…
Charles Aaron / December 9, 2011

SPIN’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011

We tried our best to chart 2011's sprawling hip-hop universe in infographic form, we deconstructed the New Underground, we debated "Drizzy: Rap or R&B or…
SPIN Staff / December 8, 2011

Hit Us, Baby, 30 Times: Celebrate Britney Spears’ Birthday With Her 30 Best Songs

For the past decade, we've all been in Britney Spears' Twenties. It wasn't a mere chunk of 10 years as much as an era that…
Caryn Ganz / December 2, 2011

50 Mixtapes You Need Now

You won't find most of the year's important or just plain entertaining hip-hop releases in any store. You'll find them right here (in alphabetical --…
Brandon Soderberg / November 28, 2011

Heavy D, RIP: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks

Rap pioneer Heavy D passed away on November 8, and SPIN likes to remember him more that just hip-hop's ever-suave nice-guy and the ladies man…
SPIN Staff / November 10, 2011

SPIN’s 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time

Comedy albums have come a long way since Thomas Edison etched the first recorded dick joke to wax cylinder ("Hey, want to see the wizard's…
SPIN Staff / November 1, 2011

K-pop

In 2011, South Korea's bubblegum factories have exploded with pop singles that out-bubble current Western hits by similarly mixing electro-dance, R&B, and rap: 2NE1's "I…
Chuck Eddy / November 1, 2011

No More Shall We Part: 12 Indie Rock Couples Keeping the Dream Alive

It's been tough few years for incurable indie rock romantics — Thurston and Kim went kaput, as did Ben and Zooey — but on this…
Ken Bachor / October 20, 2011

Transatlanticism: The Best Shots From Iceland Airwaves

Iceland Airwaves, an annual bacchanal of indie-leaning music from around the globe, just wrapped, and SPIN was on hand to capture the action.
Ken Bachor / October 19, 2011

SPIN Mix for October: 15 Cool Songs to Hear Now

Every month, SPIN editors go to lots of shows and listen to untold amounts of advance CDs to uncover the best new tunes. Here are…
SPIN Staff / September 30, 2011

SPIN’s 10 All-Time Favorite R.E.M. Moments

R.E.M. announced Wednesday that after 31 years, 15 full-length albums (including this year's Collapse Into Now), and myriad all-time "alternative rock" classics, they were breaking…
Rob Harvilla / September 22, 2011

12 Best Moments of Austin City Limits

With headlining appearances by Kanye West and Stevie Wonder, as well as undercard spots for Big Boi, Cee Lo, Nas & Damian Marley, Santigold, and…
Ken Bachor / September 19, 2011

8 Best Moments of Hopscotch Festival

This weekend in Raleigh, NC, an eclectic collection of bands both new and old, from Boise, Idaho, dream-pop up-and-comer Youth Lagoon to Dayton, Ohio, rock…
Ken Bachor / September 12, 2011
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