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. 69
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  2. 61
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    33
  3. 12
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    often listed
    Making Mirrors

    Gotye More
    56
  4. 59
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    Rush More
    34
  5. 57
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    Regina Spektor More
    34
  6. 31
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    Good Kid, Mad City

    Kendrick Lamar More
    39
  7. 30
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    The Black Keys More
    39
  8. 73
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    Chevelle More
    22
    added by: stupidwhat99
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    41
  10. 1
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    Jack White More
    83
  11. 28
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    Andrew Bird More
    41
  12. 52
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    The Beach Boys More
    35
  13. 71
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    Linkin Park More
    30
  14. 29
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    Sleigh Bells More
    40
  15. 2
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    most listed
    Wrecking Ball

    Bruce Springsteen More
    75
  16. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blown Away

    Carrie Underwood More
    41
  17. 72
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    Madonna More
    29
  18. 56
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    The Shins More
    35
  19. 23
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    Lana Del Rey More
    42
  20. 9
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    Fiona Apple More
    61
  21. 63
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    Mumford & Sons More
    33
  22. 54
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    Best Coast More
    35
  23. 48
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    The Wallflowers More
    35
  24. 7
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    Frank Ocean More
    64
  25. 17
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    Green Day More
    49
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    Green Day
  26. 18
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    new! Boys & Girls

    Alabama Shakes More
    49
  27. 34
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    Phillip Phillips More
    39
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    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    48
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    57
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    64
  31. 6
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    64
  32. 44
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    35
  33. 64
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    33
  34. 38
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    38
  35. 62
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    33
  36. 46
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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    35
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    Uno

    Green Day More
    44
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

    35
  39. 42
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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
    37
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    35
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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
    38
  42. 19
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    48
  43. 36
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    38
  44. 35
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    39
  45. 25
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    42
  46. 39
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    Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
    38
  47. 33
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    39
  48. 65
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    32
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    Taylor Allderdice

    Wiz Khalifa More
    34
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    Pluto

    Future More
    30
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