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2018: The Year in Review

No escape could last long enough in 2018, a year when the odds—political, social, environmental—seemed more daunting with each passing day. Still, there was music to help us get through it all. Here are our picks for the year’s most memorable albums and songs, as well as stories and interviews with some of the brightest stars of this year and, hopefully, next.

Check back throughout the month of December for more of Spin’s 2018 Year in Review.

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