Rolling Stone's Best of 2010

From music's best newcomers to the worst of Hollywood, everything you need to know about the past year

December 27, 2010 8:30 AM ET

The year may be winding down, but Rolling Stone's editors have been hard at work taking the measure of the year in music, movies and much more (including our own articles and videos). Whether you want to know Rob Sheffield's picks for best songs and albums or the most notable music videos, you can find it all below. Enjoy, and happy new year!

The 30 Best Albums of 2010
Kanye's Fantasy conquered reality, the Black Keys locked into a groove, and Arcade Fire burned down the suburbs

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The 50 Best Singles of 2010
Eminem got sober, Arcade Fire got spooked, Katy Perry flashed her hits, and Kanye sang one for jerk-offs everywhere

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The Best Movies of 2010
Peter Travers on The Social Network, The King's Speech and eight other films that earned a place in this year's time capsule

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The Worst Movies of 2010
Peter Travers on The Tourist, Clash of the Titans and the rest of the sucky sequels, misguided musicals and bad moves in Hollywood

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Random Notes: Photos of the Year
From Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's crazy outfits to Bruce's secret shows: the year's wildest rock photos

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The Hottest Live Photos of 2010
U2's return to the stage, Kanye's surprise gigs and more of the best on stage moments

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The Best of Rolling Stone 2010
From McChrystal to Lady Gaga, a look back at the most fascinating features of the year

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The Best RollingStone.com Videos of 2010
A sampling of our exclusive videos, from Katy Perry's sexy cover shoot to Wyclef Jean freestyling in our offices.

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The Best Videos of 2010
From Gaga and Beyonce's sexy killing spree to Die Antwoord's surrealist freak show, the clips that blew us away this year

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Best Reissues of the Year
David Fricke on Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and seven more re-releases to add to your collection

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Critics' Picks: Hear the Best of 2010
David Fricke Albums | Under-the-Radar Reissues
Rob Sheffield Albums | Singles
Christian Hoard Albums | Singles
Will Hermes Albums | Singles
Jody Rosen Albums | Singles

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