The Best Albums of 2012 Albums
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The Best Albums of 2012

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 and the best country albums of 2012!

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    most listed Jack White

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    the people's #1 Frank Ocean

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    Fiona Apple

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    ranked low on reranks Kendrick Lamar

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    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Red Taylor Swift

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    added by vguickg Lonerism Tame Impala 

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    added by MatthewGallagher1 Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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    Carrie Underwood

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    There's No Leaving Now

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    Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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    ranked low on reranks Kelly Clarkson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Andrew Bird

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    ranked low on reranks & added by muzziac Dirty Projectors

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    often listed Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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    often listed Madonna

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    added by muzziac Corin Tucker, Corin Tucker Band

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    added by muzziac METZ

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