The 25 Best Music Videos of 2014

Music videos took a bonkers turn in 2014: "Weird Al" Yankovic reveled in all things tasteless, Pee-Wee Herman played a loony race-car driver, butts hit peak ubiquity,…
SPIN Staff / December 30, 2014

The 40 Best 2014 Songs by 1994 Artists

As we look back 20 years later through slightly rose-tinted glasses, 1994 seems a gloriously seether-fighting, sweater-undoing, fantastic voyage of 100% pure love. But lest…
SPIN Staff / December 29, 2014

2014: The Year In Beef

Beef in the 2014 music world certainly wasn't rare. There were fights about talent, fights about snubs, fights about money, and fights about brunch. There…
James Grebey / December 29, 2014

The 50 Best Samples, Covers and References of 2014

We've spent a good deal of time at SPIN this last December listing our favorites of 2014; the songs, albums, and other music-related ephemera that…
SPIN Staff / December 26, 2014

The 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2014

Stuff celebrities say typically falls in a spectrum ranging from "YES" to "WTF." This year was no exception: Lana Del Rey (sort of) wished for…
Rachel Brodsky / December 23, 2014

The 50 Best Dance Songs of 2014

It's been an eventful year in dance music, to say the least. U.K. acts Disclosure and Naughty Boy gave American mainstream EDM a touch of…
SPIN Staff / December 22, 2014

The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

Every year has its highs and lows, but 2014 sure seemed to take pleasure in keeping us in the metal community on our collective toes.
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2014

The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

Purists and casual listeners alike would probably agree that 2014 failed to deliver on a number of hip-hop promises that could’ve lit the year aflame.
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2014

The 40 Best Country Songs of 2014

This year was an unexpectedly big one for country, with different luminaries fighting to reclaim the genre for what they believe to be the greater…
SPIN Staff / December 11, 2014

The Year in Sam Smith

If you knew who Sam Smith was way back in January, then congratulations! You were ahead of the curve. If you know who Sam Smith…
James Grebey / December 10, 2014

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

The 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

In a year devoid of much Top 40 excitement, big-name pop stars threw their hats into the ring — Taylor Swift, Robyn, and Jason Derulo…
SPIN Staff / December 8, 2014

The 101 Best Songs of 2014

It's been as wide-open a race for our favorite songs of the year as any 12-month period we can remember; without one specific artist or…
SPIN Staff / December 8, 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

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Is 2013’s Album of the Year

Kanye West’s Yeezus is the most important album of all time inspired by a lamp. Struck by one of Le Corbusier’s sleek, minimal fixtures, West…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 2, 2013

The Year In Taylor Swift

For Taylor Swift, the past 12 months have been the moment when the always crossover-hungry country singer finally and unabashedly embraced pop. She also issued…
Marc Hogan / December 28, 2012

The 25 Best Rap Lines of 2012

It doesnt take a Rap Genius to know that 2012 was a great year for analyzing hip-hop. Here’s our favorite individual lyrics from a year…
SPIN Staff / December 27, 2012

SPIN’s 2012 Hall of Shame

They made disappinting, often horrific art. They issued tone-deaf statements. They tattooed images of their battered ex-girlfriends on their necks. A look back at the…
Daniel Kreps / December 27, 2012

The Year in Wayne Coyne

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has entertained us plenty over the years, crafting neo-psych narratives in the form of classic albums (see The Soft Bulletin…
Chris Martins / December 27, 2012

10 TV Moments That Totally Changed Everything in 2012

Now that the second decade of the Golden Age of television is solidly underway, everything’s different, right? It’s like ever since Tony Soprano started seeing…
Phoebe Reilly / December 21, 2012
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