The Best Albums of 2012 Albums

The Best Albums of 2012

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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!

List Criteria: Albums released from January to December 2012

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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    33
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    42
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

    39
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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

    39
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    35
  6. 56
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    Mumford & Sons More
    36
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    72
  8. 40
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    39
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    57
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    65
  11. 23
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    Carrie Underwood More
    47
  12. 1
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    Jack White More
    90
  13. 25
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    Lana Del Rey More
    45
  14. 16
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    Alabama Shakes More
    58
  15. 20
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    Andrew Bird More
    51
  16. 18
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    57
  17. 22
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    47
  18. 9
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    Frank Ocean More
    67
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

    39
  20. 47
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    Rush More
    38
  21. 33
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    Green Day More
    40
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    Green Day
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    37
  23. 29
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    The Black Keys More
    44
  24. 50
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    Generals

    37
  25. 43
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    The Wallflowers More
    39
  26. 32
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    41
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    Chevelle More
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    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    44
  29. 35
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    39
  30. 30
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    42
  31. 57
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    Linkin Park More
    35
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    Lonerism

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    Tame Impala 
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    new! Lotus

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    Christina Aguilera
  34. 54
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    37
  35. 64
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    Madonna More
    28
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    Gotye More
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  37. 44
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    38
  38. 53
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    37
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    52
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    Pluto

    Future More
    30
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    The Shins More
    39
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    65
  43. 24
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    46
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    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    67
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    Sleigh Bells More
    44
  46. 60
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    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
    33
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    72
  48. 36
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    often listed
    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
    39
  49. 26
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    45
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
    37
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