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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    • 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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    • 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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    Bloom

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    • Artist: Beach House
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    • Artist: Japandroids
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Genres (Music): Noise rock, Indie rock, Punk rock, Garage rock
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    El Camino
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    • Artist: The Black Keys
    • Release Date: 2011
    • Tracks: Run Right Back, Sister, Little Black Submarines, Stop Stop, Gold on the Ceiling, + more
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Garage rock
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    • Artist: Bruce Springsteen
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: We Take Care of Our Own, Rocky Ground, We Are Alive, Swallowed Up (In the Belly of the Whale), Shackled and Drawn, + more
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rock, Folk punk
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    The Truth About Love

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    • Artist: P!nk
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    • Artist: Fiona Apple
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: Every Single Night, Anything We Want, Valentine, Daredevil, Jonathan, + more
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Indie rock, Experimental music, Art rock, Baroque pop, + more
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    • Artist: Grizzly Bear
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: Sun in Your Eyes, The Hunt, Sleeping Ute, Gun-Shy, Adelma, + more
    • Label: Warp
    • Genres (Music): Indie folk, Indie rock, Neo-psychedelia, Lo-fi music, Experimental rock, + more
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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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    Red

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    • Artist: Taylor Swift
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    Tame Impala
     
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    • Artist: Tame Impala
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Mind Mischief, Keep on Lying, Why Won't They Talk to Me?, Apocalypse Dreams, + more
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop, + more
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    Uno

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    • Artist: Green Day
    • Release Date: 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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    • 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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    Babel

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    • Artist: Mumford & Sons
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    Born to Die

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    • Artist: Grand Funk Railroad
    • Release Date: 1976
    • Producer: Jimmy Ienner
    • Tracks: Dues, Talk to the People, Good Things, Politician, I Fell for Your Love, + more
    • Label: Capitol Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock
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    The Lumineers

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    • Artist: The Lumineers
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: Classy Girls, Morning Song, Submarines, Big Parade, Flapper Girl, + more
    • Genres (Music): Indie folk, Alternative rock, Folk rock, Country rock
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    Stronger
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    • Artist: Kelly Clarkson
    • Release Date: 2011
    • Tracks: Breaking Your Own Heart, I Forgive You, Don't You Wanna Stay (with Jason Aldean), You Love Me, The War Is Over, + more
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Pop rock, Dance-pop
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    • Artist: Neil Young, Crazy Horse
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: Driftin' Back, Psychedelic Pill, For the Love of Man, Ramada Inn, Horse Back, + more
    • Label: Reprise Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock, Folk rock
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