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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    Visions

    Grimes More
    37
  2. 35
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    Attack on Memory

    Cloud Nothings More
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    Linkin Park More
    31
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    Gotye More
    51
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    The Shins More
    43
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    Fiona Apple More
    63
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    Lana Del Rey More
    46
  8. 64
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    32
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    The Black Keys More
    38
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    Boys & Girls

    Alabama Shakes More
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    the people's #1
    Channel Orange

    Frank Ocean More
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    The Money Store

    Death Grips More
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  13. 73
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    Mumford & Sons More
    30
  14. 40
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    Nas More
    37
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    Kendrick Lamar More
    48
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    Regina Spektor More
    33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Break it Yourself

    Andrew Bird More
    38
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    Best Coast More
    35
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    often listed
    Reign of Terror

    Sleigh Bells More
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    The Seer

    Swans More
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    36
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    31
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    Madonna More
    28
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    Green Day More
    44
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    Green Day
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    Phillip Phillips More
    34
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    40
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    An Awesome Wave

    Alt-J More
    37
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    Bruce Springsteen More
    71
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    most listed
    Blunderbuss

    Jack White More
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    Rush More
    33
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    The Beach Boys More
    33
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    Blown Away

    Carrie Underwood More
    37
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    The Wallflowers More
    34
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    43
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    55
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    61
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    28
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    Uno

    Green Day More
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
    36
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
    34
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    52
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    38
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    38
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    46
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