Lists

10 Essential Songs by Townes Van Zandt, Poet of the Down and Out

This week, to mark what would have been Townes Van Zandt's 75th birthday, Fat Possum Records released Sky Blue, a posthumous album of previously unreleased recordings from…
SPIN Staff / March 8, 2019

The 30 Best Disco Songs That Every Millennial Should Know

It's been nearly 40 years since Carl Douglas kung-fu fought his way to the top of the Billboard charts, and the world is once again…
SPIN Staff / January 25, 2019

The Worst Songs We Heard in 2018

They came from Soundcloud. They came from the Spotify recommendation algorithm. They were the breakout artists that weren't, the crossover stars who didn't, the A-listers who could've…
SPIN Staff / December 28, 2018

The 101 Best Songs of 2018

This year gave us a Post Malone song we wish we didn’t like so much, a bunch of Kanye music we wish we liked more,…
SPIN Staff / December 20, 2018

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…
SPIN Staff / December 19, 2018

The 51 Best Albums of 2018

Across publications, tastemakers, even members of our own staff, there was little consensus about who made the best music of 2018. Reliable superstars were either…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2018

40 Albums We’re Excited For in 2019 [Updated]

As 2018 draws to a close, we're looking ahead to new music arriving in 2019. Here are 40 albums we hope to be listening to next year—some with officially announced…
Will Gottsegen / November 21, 2018

The 88 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1998

The year 1998 began with the revelation of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal in January, and ended with impeachment proceedings against the president in December.
SPIN Staff / October 25, 2018

The 51 Best Songs of 2018 So Far

It’s late July already, so let’s review: Pusha T’s razor-sharp Daytona led Kanye West’s Wyoming summer of G.O.O.D Music, while Valee became the label’s bonafide…
SPIN Staff / July 26, 2018

10 Great Drag City Releases to Hear Now That Their Catalog Is Streaming

On Sunday, the legendary Chicago label Drag City released the large majority of its catalog on Spotify and Tidal for the first time, ending its run…
SPIN Staff / April 3, 2018

Nordic Noir: An Obsessive’s Guide to the Best Scandinavian Crime Shows

In some parts of Sweden, and Scandinavia at large, the summer sun blazes down from the small hours of the morning until 10 at night.
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 21, 2018

The 30 Weirdest Grammys Moments of All Time

There's a good reason why the Grammy Awards coined the term "Grammy Moments" to describe the one-of-a-kind collaborations and elaborate performances that take place during…
Annie Zaleski and Sam Goldner / January 23, 2018

20 Rap Songs We Loved In 2017

Rap music felt as vital as ever in 2017, regaining its dominance on the charts and securing its stranglehold on the pop cultural zeitgeist. As such,…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 2017

50 Best Morrissey Songs

When the Smiths broke up in 1987, Morrissey wasted no time going solo—or finally achieving global fame. The Manchester icon became a superstar by amplifying…
Annie Zaleski and Jason Anderson / December 28, 2017

The 30 Greatest Thrash Bands of All Time

Thrash wasn’t initially a genre: it was what a band did. And in the ’80s it swarmed across the globe like a plague…
Justin Farrar / December 26, 2017
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