Year-End Lists

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,…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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.
By: 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.
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: SPIN Staff / December 8, 2014

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.]…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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-ca…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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.]…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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.]…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014

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.]…
By: SPIN Staff / February 27, 2014
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