In 1985, the first issue of SPIN arrived with the following statement of purpose from founder Bob Guccione Jr.:

On March 19th, SPIN magazine hit the newsstand to give Rolling Stone the competition everyone but Rolling Stone hoped it would get.

SPIN is a fresh, intelligent alternative to a mostly tired, complacent music press. It is an upbeat magazine without the politics and in love with rock'n'roll and all its kindred spirits. It will get beneath the surface of stories, cover what's new and most exciting and echo nothing and no one. Because SPIN gets turned on, so will you.

Our magazine will entertain you, surprise and compel you, and sometimes shock you. We'll make you laugh because we have a sense of humor and we'll make you think because we have a serious side, too.

We'll be open, unafraid, independent, and unpretentious. We'll take chances and probably a few lumps. Most of all we'll be fun.

A confession: SPIN is imperfect. it's rough edged, restless, insatiably curious. A little aggressive, a little cocky. Youthfully uncompromising but maturely flexible.

Romantic - definitely!
Irreverent - sure.
Unpredictable - yes.
Very alive.

SPIN.
Born March 19th.


To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first issue to the the fresh photography that continues to make an impact on our covers today. Here's our first decade, at a glance.

See our second decade here: The 1990s.

1. SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 1980s

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2. May 1985: Madonna

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3. June 1985: Talking Heads

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4. July 1985: Sting

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5. August 1985: Annie Lennox

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6. September 1985: Pat Benatar

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7. October 1985: Keith Richards

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8. November 1985: Bruce Springsteen

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9. December 1985: Bob Dylan

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10. January 1986: Debbie Harry

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11. February 1986: ZZ Top

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12. March 1986: Big Audio Dynamite

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13. April 1986: David Lee Roth

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14. May 1986: Charlie Sexton

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15. June 1986: Billy Idol

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16. July 1986: Prince

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17. August 1986: The Rolling Stones

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18. September 1986: Ozzy Osbourne

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19. October 1986: R.E.M.

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20. November 1986: Iggy Pop

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21. December 1986: Chrissie Hynde

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22. January 1987: Janet Jackson

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23. February 1987: Duran Duran

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24. March 1987: Beastie Boys

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25. April 1987: Madonna

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26. May 1987: Joan Jett

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27. June 1987: Michael Jackson

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28. July 1987: Susanna Hoffs

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29. August 1987: Simple Minds

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30. September 1987: John Cougar Mellencamp

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31. November/December 1987: Sting

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32. January 1988: Aerosmith

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33. February 1988: INXS

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34. March 1988: The Cure

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35. April 1988: Sa-Fire

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36. May 1988: Run-D.M.C.

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37. June 1988: Morrissey

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38. July 1988: Belinda Carlisle

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39. August 1988: Comics (Matt Groening)

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40. September 1988: Tracy Chapman

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41. October 1988: Jazzy Jeff, the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Ready Rock C

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42. November 1988: Bon Jovi

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43. December 1988: The Bangles

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44. January 1989: U2

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45. February 1989: Nick Cave

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46. March 1989: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

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47. April 1989: Madonna

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48. May 1989: Elvis Costello

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49. June 1989: John Cougar Mellencamp

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50. July 1989: Elvis Presley

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51. August 1989: Tom Petty

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52. September 1989: 10,000 Maniacs

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53. October 1989: Terence Trent D'arby

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54. November 1989: Michael Hutchence

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55. December 1989: Mick Jagger

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