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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!

The Best Albums of 2012 Albums
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    Jackie Evancho

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    most listed
    Jack White

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    Lonerism Tame Impala 

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    The 2nd Law Muse

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    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    Bloom Beach House

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    The Black Keys

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    Fiona Apple

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    Red Taylor Swift

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    Born to Die

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    Uno Green Day

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    The Lumineers

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    An Awesome Wave Alt-J

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    Fun

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    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    Visions Grimes

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    Swans

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    Gotye

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Death Grips

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    added by muzziac
    Dinosaur Jr

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    Rush

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Death Grips

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    Green Day Green Day

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    Spiritualized

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    added by MatthewGallagher1
    Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    Deftones

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    The Beach Boys

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    The Shins

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    added by AlexBennett
    John Mayer

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    often listed
    Killer Mike

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    Green Day

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    Baroness

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    Don't Panic All Time Low

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    Dirty Projectors

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    Metric

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    Sleigh Bells

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    alt-J

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