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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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    29
  2. 32
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    38
  3. 46
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    often listed
    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    35
  4. 50
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

    34
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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

    34
  6. 42
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    An Awesome Wave

    Alt-J More
    37
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  8. 35
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    Attack on Memory

    Cloud Nothings More
    38
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  9. 73
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    Mumford & Sons More
    30
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    61
  11. 34
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    38
  12. 57
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    34
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    49
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blown Away

    Carrie Underwood More
    37
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    most listed
    Blunderbuss

    Jack White More
    84
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    Lana Del Rey More
    46
  18. 13
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    Boys & Girls

    Alabama Shakes More
    53
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    Break it Yourself

    Andrew Bird More
    38
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    52
  21. 28
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    40
  22. 3
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    the people's #1
    Channel Orange

    Frank Ocean More
    67
  23. 56
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

    34
  24. 60
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    Rush More
    33
  25. 63
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    32
  26. 33
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    The Black Keys More
    38
  27. 67
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    Generals

    31
  28. 53
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    The Wallflowers More
    34
  29. 17
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    Kendrick Lamar More
    48
  30. 43
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    often listed
    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    36
  31. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    37
  32. 47
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    35
  33. 22
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    Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
    45
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    36
  35. 40
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    Nas More
    37
  36. 70
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    Linkin Park More
    31
  37. 11
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    Lonerism

    56
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    Tame Impala 
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    Lotus

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    Christina Aguilera
  39. 68
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    31
  40. 77
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    Madonna More
    28
  41. 15
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    Gotye More
    51
  42. 76
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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    28
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    34
  44. 64
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    32
  45. 25
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    43
  46. 58
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    Pluto

    Future More
    33
  47. 26
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    The Shins More
    43
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    55
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    46
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    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    57
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