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. 16
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    Alabama Shakes More
    50
  2. 26
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    Andrew Bird More
    42
  3. 23
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    43
  4. 54
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    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
    35
  5. 10
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    59
  6. 52
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    Best Coast More
    35
  7. 40
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    38
  8. 15
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    Tempest

    Bob Dylan More
    50
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    most listed
    Wrecking Ball

    Bruce Springsteen More
    76
  10. 39
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    39
  11. 28
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    Carrie Underwood More
    41
  12. 71
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    Chevelle More
    22
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  13. 67
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  14. 34
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    39
  15. 64
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
    33
  16. 36
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    39
  17. 9
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    Fiona Apple More
    61
  18. 7
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    Frank Ocean More
    63
  19. 68
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    Pluto

    Future More
    31
  20. 13
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    52
  21. 12
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    Gotye More
    57
  22. 37
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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
    39
  23. 19
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    Green Day More
    48
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    Green Day
  24. 22
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    Uno

    Green Day More
    44
  25. 6
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    63
  26. 1
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    Jack White More
    84
  27. 18
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    49
  28. 41
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    38
  29. 63
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    33
  30. 25
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    42
  31. 35
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    Kendrick Lamar More
    39
  32. 27
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    42
  33. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    48
  34. 24
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    Lana Del Rey More
    42
  35. 69
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    Linkin Park More
    31
  36. 33
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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
    40
  37. 70
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    Madonna More
    29
  38. 45
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    36
  39. 38
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    new! Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
    39
  40. 61
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    Mumford & Sons More
    33
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    65
  42. 4
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    The 2nd Law

    Muse More
    65
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    58
  44. 43
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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    36
  45. 60
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    34
  46. 3
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    The Truth About Love

    P!nk More
    71
  47. 55
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    Regina Spektor More
    35
  48. 66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
    31
  49. 57
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    Rush More
    34
  50. 32
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    40
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