Best of 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

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

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