The Best Albums of 2012 Albums
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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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  1. 17
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    Alabama Shakes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Andrew Bird

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    often listed Strange Clouds B.O.B

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    Bloom Beach House

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    Best Coast

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    often listed Afterglow Black Country Communion

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    Kiss Carly Rae Jepsen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Carrie Underwood

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MatthewGallagher1 Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    Anastasis Dead Can Dance

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    Death Grips

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    A Thing Called Divine Fits Divine Fits

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sunken Condos Donald Fagen

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    Be the Void Dr. Dog

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    Fiona Apple

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    the people's #1 Frank Ocean

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    often listed Pluto Future

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Gotye

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

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    added by Luke3 Green Day 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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    most listed Jack White

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    often listed Night Train Jason Aldean

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    1999 Joey Bada$$

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    ranked low on reranks Kelly Clarkson

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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    Linkin Park

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    The Heist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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    often listed Madonna

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    often listed Dreamchasers 2 Meek Mill

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    Kaleidoscope Dream Miguel

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    Mumford & Sons

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    The 2nd Law Muse

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    new! Nas

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    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    My Head Is an Animal Of Monsters and Men

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    Take Me Home One Direction

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    Phillip Phillips

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    Regina Spektor

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