The Best Albums of 2012 Albums

The Best Albums of 2012

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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!

List Criteria: Albums released from January to December 2012

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    Jack White More
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    Wrecking Ball

    Bruce Springsteen More
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    The Truth About Love

    P!nk More
    76
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    The 2nd Law

    Muse More
    73
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    72
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    72
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    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    67
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    Lonerism

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    Tame Impala 
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    Frank Ocean More
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    Fiona Apple More
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    65
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    Psychedelic Pill

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    Gotye More
    64
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    The Lumineers

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    Tempest

    Bob Dylan More
    59
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    Alabama Shakes More
    58
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    57
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    57
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    52
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    Andrew Bird More
    51
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    Uno

    Green Day More
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    Centipede Hz

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    Carrie Underwood More
    47
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
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    Lana Del Rey More
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    45
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    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    44
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    Sleigh Bells More
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    The Black Keys More
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    42
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    42
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
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    Green Day More
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    Green Day
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    There's No Leaving Now

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Strange Clouds

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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

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    new! Lotus

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    Christina Aguilera
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    The Shins More
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    The Wallflowers More
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
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    The Lion's Roar

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    Best Coast More
    38
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    Rush More
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    Regina Spektor More
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
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    Generals

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