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. 77
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    Madonna More
    28
  2. 76
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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    28
  3. 75
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    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
    29
  4. 74
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    29
  5. 73
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    Mumford & Sons More
    30
  6. 72
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    Lotus

    30
    added by: SócNhỏ
    Christina Aguilera
  7. 71
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    31
  8. 70
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    Linkin Park More
    31
  9. 69
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  10. 68
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

    31
  11. 67
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    Generals

    31
  12. 66
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    Taylor Allderdice

    Wiz Khalifa More
    31
  13. 65
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
    32
  14. 64
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    32
  15. 63
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
    32
  16. 62
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    The Beach Boys More
    33
  17. 61
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    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
    33
  18. 60
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    Rush More
    33
  19. 59
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    Regina Spektor More
    33
  20. 58
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    Pluto

    Future More
    33
  21. 57
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    34
  22. 56
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

    34
  23. 55
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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

    34
  24. 54
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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
    34
  25. 53
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    The Wallflowers More
    34
  26. 52
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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
    34
  27. 51
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    Phillip Phillips More
    34
  28. 50
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

    34
  29. 49
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    Best Coast More
    35
  30. 48
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    The Lion's Roar

    35
  31. 47
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    35
  32. 46
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
    35
  33. 45
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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
    36
  34. 44
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    36
  35. 43
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    36
  36. 42
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    An Awesome Wave

    Alt-J More
    37
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    The Money Store

    Death Grips More
    37
  38. 40
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    Nas More
    37
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
    37
  40. 38
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    The Seer

    Swans More
    37
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    Visions

    Grimes More
    37
  42. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blown Away

    Carrie Underwood More
    37
  43. 35
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    Attack on Memory

    Cloud Nothings More
    38
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  44. 34
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    38
  45. 33
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    The Black Keys More
    38
  46. 32
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    38
  47. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Break it Yourself

    Andrew Bird More
    38
  48. 30
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    often listed
    Reign of Terror

    Sleigh Bells More
    39
  49. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    40
  50. 28
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
    40
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