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. 57
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    - 7


    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    ) open
  2. 27
    + 2
    - 7


    Death Grips

    ) open
  3. 30
    + 5
    - 15


    The Shins

    ) open
  4. 5
    + 41
    - 46


    Fiona Apple

    ) open
  5. 42
    + 16
    - 37

    often listed
    Madonna

    ) open
  6. 29
    + 16
    - 12

    ranked low on reranks
    The Black Keys

    ) open
  7. 83
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    - 3

    added by AlexBennett
    Paul McCartney

    ) open
  8. 60
    + 1
    - 4


    Japandroids

    ) open
  9. 15
    + 23
    - 44
    ) open
  10. 32
    + 22
    - 42


    Carrie Underwood

    ) open
  11. 41
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    - 8


    Swans

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  12. 71
    + 15
    - 25


    Linkin Park

    ) open
  13. 68
    + 3
    - 8


    Deftones

    ) open
  14. 44
    + 3
    - 4

    added by muzziac
    Dirty Projectors

    ) open
  15. 82
    + 1
    - 3

    added by muzziac
    Open Your Heart The Men

    ) open
  16. 24
    + 2
    - 6

    added by AlexBennett
    Born and Raised John Mayer

    ) open
  17. 31
    + 4
    - 15

    added by Luke3
    Green Day Green Day

    ) open
  18. 55
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    - 4

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

    ) open
  19. 64
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    - 4

    added by muzziac
    Spiritualized

    ) open
  20. 66
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    - 4

    added by muzziac
    A Place to Bury Strangers

    ) open
  21. 2
    + 62
    - 51

    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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  22. 50
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    - 7


    Cloud Nothings

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    - 3

    added by muzziac
    Corin Tucker, Corin Tucker Band

    ) open
  24. 77
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    Ekstasis Julia Shammas Holter

    ) open
  25. 4
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    - 68


    Bruce Springsteen

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  26. 3
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    Kendrick Lamar

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    - 67

    most listed
    Jack White

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  30. 43
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    added by muzziac
    Metric

    ) open
  31. 76
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    - 2

    added by muzziac
    I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

    ) open
  32. 38
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    Kelly Clarkson

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  34. 54
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    Parquet Courts

    ) open
  35. 39
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    - 27

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Andrew Bird

    ) open
  36. 58
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    added by muzziac
    Deerhoof

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  37. 49
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    added by muzziac
    Swearin'

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    The Rasmus The Rasmus

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    added by muzziac
    METZ

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    - 17


    Alabama Shakes

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    The Midsummer Station Owl City

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  42. 35
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    - 32


    Sleigh Bells

    ) open
  43. 53
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    added by muzziac
    White Lung

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  44. 81
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    - 3

    added by muzziac
    OFF! Off!

    ) open
  45. 78
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    - 4

    added by AlexBennett
    Green Day

    ) open
  46. 73
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    No image

    new! & added by Tunanorth
    Songs from the Silver Screen Jackie Evancho

    ) open
  47. 28
    + 12
    - 45

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

  48. 14
    + 39
    - 49


    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

  49. 9
    + 57
    - 66


    Babel Mumford & Sons

  50. 7
    + 44
    - 45


    Shields Grizzly Bear

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