The Best Albums of 2012

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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!
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    Night Train is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Night Train Jason Aldean

  2. 49
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    On This Winter's Night is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

  3. 48
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    Toby Keith

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  4. 47
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    Of Monsters and Men

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    Sleigh Bells

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  6. 45
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    Spiritualized

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  7. 44
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    The Shins

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    John Mayer

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    Deftones

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    The Beach Boys

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  11. 40
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    Animal Collective

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  12. 39
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    Carrie Underwood

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  13. 38
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

  14. 37
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    added by muzziac
    Dinosaur Jr

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    Killer Mike

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  16. 35
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    added by Luke3
    Green Day Green Day

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  17. 34
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    added by darren-bell
    Death Grips

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  18. 33
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    - 17

    added by MatthewGallagher1
    Cloud Nothings

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sophia ellison
    Robbie Williams

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    Kelly Clarkson

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  21. 30
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    Alabama Shakes

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  22. 29
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    The Black Keys

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    Uno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Uno Green Day

  24. 27
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    Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

  25. 26
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    Rush

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    Swans

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Fun

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    Alt-J

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    Visions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Visions Grimes

  31. 20
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    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

    ranked low on reranks
    Tempest Bob Dylan

  32. 19
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    Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

    ranked low on reranks
    Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

  33. 18
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    often listed & added by vguickg
    Tame Impala Tame Impala 

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    Babel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Babel Mumford & Sons

  35. 16
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    Kendrick Lamar

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  36. 15
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    The Lumineers

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    The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Truth About Love P!nk

  38. 13
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    Death Grips

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  39. 12
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    Muse

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Grizzly Bear

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  41. 10
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    Gotye

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    Bloom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Bloom Beach House

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Red Taylor Swift

  44. 7
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    - 106


    Japandroids

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  45. 6
    + 62
    - 145


    Bruce Springsteen

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  46. 5
    + 48
    - 112


    Fiona Apple

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  47. 4
    + 41
    - 68

    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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  48. 3
    + 87
    - 240


    Jack White

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  49. 2
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    - 264

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Ocean

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    Jackie Evancho

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