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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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    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

    ) open
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    A Place to Bury Strangers

    ) open
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    Alabama Shakes

    ) open
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    Andrew Bird

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    Strange Clouds B.O.B

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    Bloom Beach House

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    Afterglow Black Country Communion

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Silver Age Bob Mould

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    Kiss Carly Rae Jepsen

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    Carrie Underwood

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    Cloud Nothings

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    Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    Corin Tucker, Corin Tucker Band

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    Death Grips

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    Deerhoof

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    Deftones

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    I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

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    Dirty Projectors

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    Sunken Condos Donald Fagen

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    Fiona Apple

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    Pluto Future

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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

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    Green Day

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    Uno Green Day

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    Visions Grimes

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    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    Jack White

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    Songs from the Silver Screen Jackie Evancho

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    Japandroids

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    1999 Joey Bada$$

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    Born and Raised John Mayer

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    Ekstasis Julia Shammas Holter

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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    On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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    Linkin Park

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    METZ

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    Madonna

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    Dreamchasers 2 Meek Mill

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