Our best lists, essays, mashups, and playlists of the year. Plus, a tribute to the incredibly sexy lyrics of Nickelback.
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.
"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.
From Frank Ocean to Jay-Z, the genre made major leaps forward with the LGBT community in 2012.
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.
Channel Orange is the best R&B album of 2012, but Ocean's most impressive accomplishment is keeping total control of his image.
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.
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.
Claire Boucher makes truly futuristic — and incredibly emotional — music about growing up with social media.
I resisted boy bands all through my teens, but now I can't stop listening to 1D.
They seem like squares, but they're the only experimental, ambitious rock band in the mainstream right now.
The Seattle hip-hop duo are blowing up right now and for good reason. Here's a primer for the uninitiated.
The English rock trio borrow elements of Queen, Radiohead, and U2 to write songs that make you feel like you're living in a summer blockbuster.
With Wrecking Ball, The Boss has finally realized that he carries as much political symbolism as his songs.
The author of Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation breaks down 2012's most stunning rap album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Can rap's most compelling underground star hold on to his quirks on a major label?
No matter how much of the spotlight she gets, Taylor always portrays herself as a girl on the edge of the crowd.