Best Albums

The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

Every year has its highs and lows, but 2014 sure seemed to take pleasure in keeping us in the metal community on our collective toes.
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2014

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Is 2013’s Album of the Year

Kanye West's Yeezus is the most important album of all time inspired by a lamp.Struck by one of Le Corbusier's sleek, minimal fixtures, West responded…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 2, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2012

Here, in one place, is all the free jazz, cassette noise, doomy dronescapes, 21st Century recomposition and bloodthirsty skronk-punk that we listened to when we…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 20, 2012

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2012

There are plenty of country-music delivery systems these days: lurid network dramas, Nashville-minted gleaming-teeth megastars, hirsute good ol’ boys, sensitive-poet road warriors, honky-tonk princesses, Kennedy-kidnapping…
Rob Harvilla / December 17, 2012

SPIN’s 20 Best Dance Albums of 2012

Last season's post-dubstep murmurs and moombahton grooves have ceded the spotlight to the class of 2012. This year's best dance albums move with the frenetic…
SPIN Staff / December 17, 2012

SPIN’s 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012

The anarchy of the Internet — and the major-label system's attempt to harness it — has fractured the hip-hop narrative into its most diverse smash-up…
SPIN Staff / December 11, 2012

SPIN’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2011

Here's a little something to enjoy with your boof boof. SPIN celebrates the girls that run the world, the Girls that run Korea, and one…
SPIN Staff / December 22, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2011

Suffocating drones, feverish out jazz, bucolic fingerpicking, audacious shredding, gothic soundscapes, transcendent guitar armadas, and at least one dead salamander. In short, the best of…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 22, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2011

For much of 2011, arguing about what is and isn't R&B appeared to be more fun than actually listening to R&B (however you personally defined…
Rob Harvilla / December 21, 2011

SPIN’S 20 Best Dance Albums of 2011

House goes R&B, dubstep goes subterranean, panic goes to the disco, Justice goes to space, and moombahton does whatever moombahton wants. Groove, however, is still…
SPIN Staff / December 21, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2011

Nashville insiders vs. Nashville "outsiders." Curtain calls for all-time legends vs. exhilarating breakthroughs from possible new ones. Alt-country louts seeking contentment vs. rehabilitated alt-country louts…
Rob Harvilla / December 20, 2011

SPIN’s 10 Best Reissues of 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: There are two ways (at least) to look at the apparently neverending glut of Reissues currently being churned out by the superstar-lacking, MP3-haunted…
Mike Powell / December 15, 2011

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2011

Everywhere you looked this year there was an absurd or chaotic or turbulent situation that made absolutely no sense whatsoever — people all over the…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2011

SPIN’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011

We tried our best to chart 2011's sprawling hip-hop universe in infographic form, we deconstructed the New Underground, we debated "Drizzy: Rap or R&B or…
SPIN Staff / December 8, 2011

10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

While our annual Best Albums list and Best Songs list tap directly into the year's musical zeitgeist, there are always additional records whose impact isn't…
William Goodman / December 13, 2010
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