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News’s Best of the Week, Dec. 15-21


Before we start shopping for New Years’ Eve noisemakers, SPIN’s staff compiled our picks of the year’s best records, songs, and videos. But this week wasn’t all looking back, as Fall Out Boy dropped a new record, U2 planned for theirs, Oasis visited New York City, and Weezer dropped a musical holiday treat. Check out the week’s top news, MP3s, videos, and more:BEST OF 2008:

40 Best Albums

From grizzled vets to surprising upstarts, check out our annual ranking of must-hear music. Read >>PLUS:


Oasis: Magnificent Bastards

SPIN’s David Marchese on arrogant lads, gorgeous melodies, and a sing-along nation 20,000 strong. Read >>PLUS:

  • Review: Prince’s 5 New SongsRead >>
  • Michelle Williams: Coolest Indie Actress Around?Read >>


Exclusive: Fall Out Boy’s Impromptu NYC Gig

Even the New York Police Department couldn’t stop the band from performing for their fans — and showing off baby pictures! Watch >>PLUS:

  • Listen to Weezer’s Christmas Song!Listen >>
  • Listen: Secret Machines Frontman’s Holiday SongRead >>


Pete Wentz Details Sex Life

The chatty Fall Out Boy bassist gets X-rated about his marriage. Read >>PLUS:

  • U2 Release New Album DetailsRead >>
  • Axl on Chinese Democracy: “It’s Not a Solo Album”Read >>
  • New Sex Pistols Album in 2009? Read >>