Musical Album The Best Albums of 2012

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List Rules 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!
Songs from the Silver Screen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Artist: Jackie Evancho

Release Date: 2012

Tracks: Can You Feel the Love Tonight, The Summer Knows, The Music of the Night, Se When I Fall in Love, + more

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Crossover

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#37 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#186 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

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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


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Artist: Frank Ocean

Release Date: 2012

Tracks: Bad Religion, White, End, Fertilizer Forrest Gump, + more

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Genres (Music): Contemporary R&B, Neo soul, PBR&B

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#3045 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

#3 on The Best Rap Albums of 2012

#115 on The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Blunderbuss


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Artist: Jack White

Release Date: 2012

Tracks: I’m Shakin’, Weep Themselves to Sleep, Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy, Missing Pieces Hypocritical Kiss, + more

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock Rock and roll, + more

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#739 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

#2 on The Best Rock Albums of 2012

#19 on The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

#4 on The Best Albums of 2012

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The 2nd Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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The 2nd Law


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Artist: Muse

Release Date: 2012

Tracks: Survival, Explorers, Big Freeze, Madness Liquid State, + more

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Alternative rock, Dubstep, Electronic rock Symphonic rock

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#3452 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

#171 on The Worst Albums by Great Bands

#378 on The Best Albums of the 2000s

#7 on The Best Muse Albums of All Time

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


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#1 on The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012

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


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#1 on The Best Country Albums 2012

#120 on The Best Albums of 2013

#28 on The Best Country Albums 2013

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Babel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Release Date: 2012

Tracks: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe, Compton, Now or Never The Recipe, + more

Genres (Music): Gangsta rap, Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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#2021 on The Greatest Albums of All Time

#218 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#13 on The Best Hip Hop Albums

#1 on The Best Rap Albums of 2012

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