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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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    Alabama Shakes More
    55
  2. 27
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    Andrew Bird More
    42
  3. 22
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    44
  4. 36
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    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
    39
  5. 7
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    64
  6. 52
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    Best Coast More
    37
  7. 31
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    41
  8. 16
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    Tempest

    Bob Dylan More
    54
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    most listed
    Wrecking Ball

    Bruce Springsteen More
    84
  10. 29
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    42
  11. 30
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    Carrie Underwood More
    41
  12. 61
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    about to drop off
    Hats Off to the Bull

    Chevelle More
    34
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  13. 62
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    34
  14. 53
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
    37
  15. 8
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    Fiona Apple More
    64
  16. 12
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    Frank Ocean More
    58
  17. 47
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    Pluto

    Future More
    37
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    56
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    controversial
    Making Mirrors

    Gotye More
    58
  20. 32
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    Green Day More
    40
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    Green Day
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    Uno

    Green Day More
    45
  22. 5
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    68
  23. 1
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    often listed
    Blunderbuss

    Jack White More
    93
  24. 18
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    52
  25. 35
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    39
  26. 49
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    37
  27. 21
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    Kelly Clarkson More
    45
  28. 25
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    43
  29. 19
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    49
  30. 26
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    Lana Del Rey More
    42
  31. 63
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    about to drop off
    Living Things

    Linkin Park More
    33
  32. 64
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    Madonna More
    31
  33. 34
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    40
  34. 59
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    Mumford & Sons More
    35
  35. 6
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    the people's #1 &controversial
    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    66
  36. 4
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    The 2nd Law

    Muse More
    72
  37. 10
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    62
  38. 54
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    37
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    often listed &controversial
    The Truth About Love

    P!nk More
    73
  40. 55
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    Regina Spektor More
    37
  41. 48
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    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
    37
  42. 58
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    Rush More
    36
  43. 28
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    42
  44. 23
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    Sleigh Bells More
    44
  45. 9
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    often listed &controversial
    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    63
  46. 56
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    No image
    The Beach Boys More
    37
  47. 33
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    The Black Keys More
    40
  48. 42
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    The Shins More
    37
  49. 43
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    37
  50. 45
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    The Wallflowers More
    37
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