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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  1. 55
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    33
  2. 32
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    38
  3. 36
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

    36
  4. 39
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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

    35
  5. 60
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  6. 54
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    Mumford & Sons More
    33
  7. 5
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    64
  8. 43
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    35
  9. 13
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
    52
  10. 9
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    59
  11. 26
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    Carrie Underwood More
    41
  12. 1
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    Jack White More
    83
  13. 25
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    Lana Del Rey More
    41
  14. 16
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    Alabama Shakes More
    50
  15. 22
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    Andrew Bird More
    42
  16. 18
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    48
  17. 21
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    43
  18. 12
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    Frank Ocean More
    55
  19. 41
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

    35
  20. 49
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    Rush More
    34
  21. 53
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    Green Day More
    33
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    Green Day
  22. 35
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    36
  23. 28
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    The Black Keys More
    40
  24. 48
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    Generals

    34
  25. 38
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    The Wallflowers More
    35
  26. 30
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    40
  27. 64
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    Chevelle More
    22
    added by: stupidwhat99
  28. 29
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    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    40
  29. 37
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    35
  30. 31
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    39
  31. 61
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    Living Things

    Linkin Park More
    31
  32. 14
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    Lonerism

    51
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    Tame Impala 
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    new! Lotus

    31
    added by: SócNhỏ
    Christina Aguilera
  34. 56
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    33
  35. 63
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    Madonna More
    29
  36. 11
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    Gotye More
    57
  37. 33
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    36
  38. 51
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    34
  39. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    47
  40. 62
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    Pluto

    Future More
    31
  41. 45
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    The Shins More
    35
  42. 10
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    58
  43. 23
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    41
  44. 7
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    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    62
  45. 27
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    Sleigh Bells More
    41
  46. 59
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    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
    31
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    63
  48. 40
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    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
    35
  49. 24
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    41
  50. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
    32
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