The Best Albums of 2012 Albums

The Best Albums of 2012

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List Criteria: Albums released from January to December 2012

The best albums of 2012 are those top records from our favorite musical artists of the year that we could not get enough of. Featuring sounds ranging from that of the biggest names in rap and hip-top to the best rockers of 2012 to the best country music singers right now, these 2012 albums are both the favorite of music lovers and some of the best selling records of the year.

There were plenty of very familiar names on the 2012 list of best musical albums including a few who also were on the best albums of 2011 list. Returning with new music in 2012 included the likes of Jack White with "Blunderbuss," Mumford & Sons with "Babel," Neil Young and Crazy Horse with "Psychedelic Pill," Taylor Swift with "Red" and Bruce Springsteen with "Wrecking Ball," among many others.

On the newer side, Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange," Grizzly Bear's "Shields," Gary Clark Jr.'s "Blak and Blu," Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die" and Schoolboy Q's "Habits & Contradictions" made sure that if these artists were not household names before that they sure were now.

So whether you were a fan of the new Madonna record "MDNA" or impressed by "Reign of Terror" from Sleigh Bells, it's likely that one album or another in 2012 caught your eye (or ear). Vote for your favorite 2012 albums, re-rank this list in your own order and add any we missed, all below! For more music goodness from the year, check out the best rap and hip-hop albums of 2012!
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    Songs from the Silver Screen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Songs from the Silver Screen Jackie Evancho

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    Channel Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    Channel Orange Frank Ocean

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    The 2nd Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The 2nd Law Muse

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    good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    good kid, m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar

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    Babel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen

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    Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    Blunderbuss Jack White

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    The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Idler Wheel... Fiona Apple

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    The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    Lonerism Tame Impala Tame Impala 

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Red Taylor Swift

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    Bloom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Bloom Beach House

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    Japandroids

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    Uno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Uno Green Day

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    El Camino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    El Camino The Black Keys

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    Shields is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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    The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Lumineers The Lumineers

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    Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    An Awesome Wave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    An Awesome Wave Alt-J

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    Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Making Mirrors Gotye

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    The Money Store is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Money Store Death Grips

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    The Seer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Seer Swans

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    Fun

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    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Robbie Williams

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    Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Visions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Visions Grimes

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    No Love Deep Web is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    No Love Deep Web Death Grips

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    Clockwork Angels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Clockwork Angels Rush

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    Cloud Nothings

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    Boys & Girls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Boys & Girls Alabama Shakes

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    I Bet on Sky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Green Day Green Day

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Killer Mike

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    Deftones

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    Spiritualized

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    The Beach Boys

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    Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Port of Morrow The Shins

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    Animal Collective

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    John Mayer

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    Carrie Underwood

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Night Train is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    Toby Keith

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    Break It Yourself is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Break It Yourself Andrew Bird

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