year in music 2014

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2014

Music videos took a bonkers turn in 2014: "Weird Al" Yankovic reveled in all things tasteless, Pee-Wee Herman played a loony race-car driver, butts hit peak ubiquity,…
SPIN Staff / December 30, 2014

The 40 Best 2014 Songs by 1994 Artists

As we look back 20 years later through slightly rose-tinted glasses, 1994 seems a gloriously seether-fighting, sweater-undoing, fantastic voyage of 100% pure love. But lest…
SPIN Staff / December 29, 2014

The 50 Best Samples, Covers and References of 2014

We've spent a good deal of time at SPIN this last December listing our favorites of 2014; the songs, albums, and other music-related ephemera that…
SPIN Staff / December 26, 2014

SPIN’s Best #LongReads of 2014

As part of our annual year-end coverage, we've collected the finest features — pieces that were sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, always incisive — that were…
SPIN Staff / December 24, 2014

The 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2014

Stuff celebrities say typically falls in a spectrum ranging from "YES" to "WTF." This year was no exception: Lana Del Rey (sort of) wished for…
Rachel Brodsky / December 23, 2014

The 50 Best Dance Songs of 2014

It's been an eventful year in dance music, to say the least. U.K. acts Disclosure and Naughty Boy gave American mainstream EDM a touch of…
SPIN Staff / December 22, 2014

Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

The word "feminist" is in the cultural crosshairs. In 2014, seemingly every young woman on the precipice of fame has been pressed to clarify whether…
Rachel Brodsky / December 19, 2014

SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

It's safe to say that you probably underestimate "Weird Al" Yankovic, or maybe at least you did to some degree before 2014. Once derided as…
Dan Weiss / December 19, 2014

SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: Sylvan Esso

When Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath calls SPIN in mid-November, she's sitting in a public park in Los Angeles, taking a rare breather from her band's…
Brennan Carley / December 18, 2014

Trend of the Year: How PC Music Chewed Up Pop Conventions

Pop is worth parodying. Just ask "Weird Al" Yankovic, who landed his first number-one album in 2014, after it was safe to assume three decades…
Dan Weiss / December 17, 2014

SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: Cymbals Eat Guitars

Tri-State indie true believers Cymbals Eat Guitars had a big 2014, releasing their third album, LOSE, to critical acclaim and touring in support of alt-rock elder statesman…
Andrew Unterberger / December 17, 2014

SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: Tinashe

Tinashe's inescapable "2 On" was one of the defining songs of 2014, and her unpredictably smoky Aquarius, was the year's best R&B album as well.
Dan Weiss / December 16, 2014

SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: Sun Kil Moon

Polarizing indie-folk singer Mark Kozelek is 47, with 25 of those years spent in the musical limelight, playing hushed songs colored with an increasingly wry…
Dan Weiss / December 15, 2014

In Memoriam: The Musicians We Lost in 2014

Over the last 12 months, we said goodbye to a soul great, two genre-pioneering electronic musicians, a folk legend, and two of the most recognizable…
Dan Weiss / December 15, 2014

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
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