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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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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    ) open
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    1999 Joey Bada$$

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    Afterglow Black Country Communion

  4. 49
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    Cloud Nothings

    ) open
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    Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

  7. 19
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    - 32


    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

  8. 8
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    Bloom Beach House

  9. 31
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    Carrie Underwood

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    Jack White

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    Born and Raised John Mayer

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    Born to Die

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Andrew Bird

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    Deerhoof

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    California 37

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    Japandroids

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    Dreamchasers 2 Meek Mill

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    Ekstasis Julia Shammas Holter

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    The Black Keys

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    Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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    I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Kaleidoscope Dream Miguel

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    Corin Tucker, Corin Tucker Band

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    King Animal Soundgarden

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    Kiss Carly Rae Jepsen

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    Paul McCartney

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    Deftones

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    Parquet Courts

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    Linkin Park

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    Lonerism Tame Impala 

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    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    Madonna

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    METZ

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    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    OFF! Off!

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    On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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    Open Your Heart The Men

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    Pluto Future

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    The Shins

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    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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