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
    33
  2. 35
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
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  3. 41
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    38
  4. 43
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

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  6. 69
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  7. 46
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    new! Attack on Memory

    Cloud Nothings More
    36
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  8. 63
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    Mumford & Sons More
    33
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    65
  10. 37
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    39
  11. 52
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    36
  12. 13
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    Blak and Blu

    Gary Clark Jr. More
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  13. 10
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    Bloom

    Beach House More
    59
  14. 28
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    Carrie Underwood More
    42
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    Jack White More
    84
  16. 24
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    Lana Del Rey More
    42
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    new! Boys & Girls

    Alabama Shakes More
    49
  18. 26
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    Andrew Bird More
    42
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    49
  20. 23
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    43
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    Frank Ocean More
    63
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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  23. 59
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    Rush More
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
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  25. 29
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    The Black Keys More
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  26. 58
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    Generals

    35
  27. 48
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    The Wallflowers More
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    Kendrick Lamar More
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    40
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    Chevelle More
    23
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    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    40
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    36
  33. 39
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    Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
    39
  34. 40
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
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    Linkin Park More
    31
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    Lonerism

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    Tame Impala 
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    Lotus

    32
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    Christina Aguilera
  38. 64
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    33
  39. 72
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    Madonna More
    30
  40. 12
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    Gotye More
    57
  41. 44
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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    36
  42. 42
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    38
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    34
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    48
  45. 70
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    Pluto

    Future More
    31
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    The Shins More
    35
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    Psychedelic Pill

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

    Killer Mike More
    42
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    Red

    Taylor Swift More
    62
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    Reign of Terror

    Sleigh Bells More
    41
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