Our best lists, essays, mashups, and playlists of the year. Plus, a tribute to the incredibly sexy lyrics of Nickelback.
The best hip-hop that was given away for free, from Rick Ross to Azealia Banks.
Catch up on all of the year’s best music with this 11-hour megamix.
His album Pluto 3D blurs the line between club bangers and heart-crushing, hyperemotional confessionals.
LDR says some pretty dramatic things. But it’s okay, Lana. We’re here for you. These are all quotes from Lana Del Rey’s interviews or monologues.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! was the only record that made sense to me when it felt like my world was falling apart.
The Idler Wheel… is startlingly honest, artistically bold, and undeniably the best album of 2012. It’s also one of the most gratifying success stories in music.
Madonna had a great year.
Celebration Rock is an argument for the vitality of rock music, even if all they’re really saying is “Hell yeah!”
Frank Ocean! Jack White! Skrillex! Britney on X Factor! Lana Del Rey! AND SO MUCH MORE!
From Frank Ocean to Jay-Z, the genre made major leaps forward with the LGBT community in 2012.
“Stupid Hoe” and “Come on a Cone” make fury seem aspirational — and inspirational.
Michael Angelakos’ music may be defined by his mental health issues, but he’s making the best of it by helping out troubled fans on Twitter.
Just imagine a world in which Carly Rae Jepsen’s song wasn’t a huge hit. OK, now imagine if it were a folk song about Jesus.
There is nothing on Earth that can’t be turned into a “Gangnam Style” parody. “Best” might not be the right word for this, but just roll with it.
She’s still a fighter all these years later.
Channel Orange is the best R&B album of 2012, but Ocean’s most impressive accomplishment is keeping total control of his image.
The breakout hit “Gangnam Style” drew a lot of attention to K-Pop this year, but it wasn’t the only awesome song to come out of South Korea. Here are 11 hits you may have missed, and one you probably didn’t.
Reign of Terror is relentlessly morbid but totally life-affirming. It also has a lots of amazing riffs.
Oh, you thought this wasn’t Beyoncé’s year? WRONG. Every year is Beyoncé’s year.