• The Year in Miley Cyrus

    The Year in Miley Cyrus

    Though it certainly felt like this was Miley Cyrus' year, when you plot it out on a calendar, all the truly zany stuff happened in about 45 days — the month of September, with bookends. That made her achievements all the more remarkable. If nothing else, Cyrus hijacked the zeitgeist long enough to kill Hannah Montana dead, and become ubiquitous enough to inspire a Dan Deacon remix, a Haim cover, and Migos' obsession. Bizarre as those bits are, they're only the cutting-room scraps. Please break out your stadium finger and cheer from the sidelines as we revisit the Year in Miley. CHRIS MARTINS

  • Danny Brown and Charli XCX at SPIN's Year in Music Party, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, December 10, 2013

    Danny Brown and Charli XCX Join Forces at SPIN's Year in Music Party 2013

  • SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2013

    From Gaga to "You (Ha Ha Ha)," the year in the the stuff with hooks.

  • SPIN's 20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

    From robots to Talabots, here's 20 stellar reasons not to do the "Harlem Shake."

  • SPIN's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    They came in like a wrecking ball: a pair of violinists, some Norwegian garage grinners, a gaggle of sixtysomethings, a roving Deftone, and something called "The Pecan Tree." Enjoy.

  • SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013

    Acid rappers, banana clippers, black unicorns, born sinners, step brothers, beautiful pimps, money magnets: We put numbers on the horde.

  • SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013

    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 albums, from the Pretty Dazes to the Night's Gambits, including a few budding Nashville stars, a Syrian wedding singer, some Atlanta trap minimalists, a pack of Norwegian meatball metallers, a pair of French robots, and Montreal's most famous disco band. It's just a reflector.Tech note: If you're using Google Chrome and the slideshow is giving you hassles, trying disabling AdBlock.

  • 'Til Infinity: The 50 Best Rap Albums From 1993, Hip-Hop's Other Greatest Year

    'Til Infinity: The 50 Best Rap Albums From 1993, Hip-Hop's Other Greatest Year

    Though most music critics on the "knows how to do the Ed Lover Dance" side of the Gen-X/Millenial divide concede that the wild (wild) west of 1988 made for hip-hop's greatest year, there's a slowly rising age group who prefer the advancements of the Golden Age's tail end — sorry, Marshall. 1993 was the first year to feel the full effects of Dr. Dre's The Chronic — lush, hook-soaked, played on live instruments, produced like a Hollywood movie, and probably the savviest response to the 1991 lawsuit that made sampling a prohibitively expensive luxury.

  • Read SPIN's ARTPOP Issue: Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Basquiat, Yoko Ono, DONDA, Tim Hecker, More

    Read SPIN's ARTPOP Issue: Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Basquiat, Yoko Ono, DONDA, Tim Hecker, More

    Our November iPad issue explores the current collision between music and contemporary art — Lady Gaga going over the moon for Koons, Jay Z rapping about Rothkos, DONDA turning album covers into sleekly designed objets d'art, and even Madonna crashing the performance-art party. Download the iPad app later this month for the full experience, but you read the entire package right now! Pop for Art's Sake Goes Varoom!From Lady Gaga to Jay Z and beyond, musicians are exploiting the art world to expand their brands, court controversy, flaunt their affluence, and in some cases, express something genuinely artistic.

  • The Locust

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: 5 Must-See Acts

    The eighth annual Fun Fun Fun fest is set to take over Austin this weekend with six stages of bands, comedians, celebrity DJs, skateboarders catching air, and the one and only taco cannon. With more than 100 acts between three days — including Snoop Dogg, Slayer, M.I.A., and Patton Oswalt — we asked five SPIN editors to pick their one act you shouldn't miss. The jury is still out think on whether 60 percent of this list being aging punks is a reflection of the great curatorial abilities of the fest or just our particular staff...The Locust If someone's never seen the Locust live, the general reaction when the San Diego-birthed underground icons start to play their often minute-or-less spastic provocations is "HOLYFUCKINGSHITCORE!" This is immediately followed by either mass wincing or rictus grinning or random heckling or quadruple-rainbow-stoked bro-shrieking.

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