2016 Year in Review

Here Are the Worst Songs We Heard in 2016

We spend a lot of time thinking about the songs we love, and 2016 gave us plenty of great music we'll remember. It gave us a…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2016

On Mozart in the Jungle, The Man in the High Castle, and the Twilight of Television’s Golden Age

Classical music world farce Mozart in the Jungle and alt-historical noir The Man in the High Castle have little in common, other than being bedrocks…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 28, 2016

Marshmello Is EDM’s Masked Hero

At 10:15 p.m. on the first Friday night of December, the line for the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis is wrapped around the block. That’s…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 27, 2016

How Big Screen Sci-Fi and Horror Captured 2016’s Political Paranoia

There's a line in a climactic scene of The Invitation, Karyn Kusama's nightmarish dinner party horror-thriller, that may as well have been the tagline of…
Emily Yoshida / December 27, 2016

Hearing the Holy Ghost in 2016

No matter the election cycle, there comes a moment when the campaign bus pulls up in front of a church in a predominantly African-American neighborhood…
Andy Beta / December 21, 2016

2016: The Year in Review

When the history books are written, music will probably not be the first thing anyone remembers about 2016. Nevertheless, the music was excellent—memorable and meaningful enough…
SPIN Staff / December 15, 2016

Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert: In 2016, the Kids Took Over Rap

The first time I heard Hawaiian Punch-braided teen rapper Lil Yachty was, fittingly, in a viral video. There’s no way in a million years…
Matthew Ramirez / December 15, 2016

2016: The Year R&B Returned to the Eye of Quiet Storm

In 1982, a male English trio named Imagination released In the Heat of the Night. Produced by Tony Swain and Steven Jolley, who’d soon work…
Alfred Soto / December 14, 2016

The 101 Best Songs of 2016

When the history books are written, music will probably not be the first thing anyone remembers about 2016. Nevertheless, the music was excellent—memorable and meaningful enough…
SPIN Staff / December 13, 2016

Chance the Rapper’s Ascendent “Ultralight Beam” Verse Transcended the Year’s Darkness

For all his boyish charm, Chance the Rapper is painfully aware of violence and death. He was 18 years old when he watched his close…
Brian Josephs / December 13, 2016

Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Mitski, and More: Navigating Protest Music in 2016 and Beyond

When Lemonade premiered on HBO in April, it seemed like there was nothing Beyoncé couldn’t do. If she could make the poetry of Warsan Shire…
Judy Berman / December 13, 2016

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