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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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Shields


Shields is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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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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Born to Die


Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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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 2nd Law


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


The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Artist: P!nk

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Blunderbuss


Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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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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Channel Orange


Channel Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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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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Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Artist: Japandroids

Release Date: 2012

Genres (Music): Noise rock, Indie rock, Punk rock, Garage rock

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