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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    Jack White

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    Kendrick Lamar

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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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    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    Bloom Beach House

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Red Taylor Swift

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    The 2nd Law Muse

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    added by vguickg
    Lonerism Tame Impala 

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    Born to Die

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    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    The Lumineers

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Alabama Shakes

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    added by MatthewGallagher1
    Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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    added by AlexBennett
    Born and Raised John Mayer

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    Uno Green Day

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

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    Death Grips

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    The Shins

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    The Black Keys

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    Carrie Underwood

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    Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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    There's No Leaving Now

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    Andrew Bird

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    often listed & added by Luke3
    Green Day Green Day

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    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    Swans

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    Madonna

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    Metric

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    Dirty Projectors

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    King Animal Soundgarden

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

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    Sunken Condos Donald Fagen

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    Visions Grimes

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    Swearin'

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    Strange Clouds B.O.B

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