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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    Chevelle More
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    Madonna More
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    Linkin Park More
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    Pluto

    Future More
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
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    Rich Forever

    Rick Ross More
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    Lotus

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    Christina Aguilera
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    Mumford & Sons More
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    Take Me Home

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    Taylor Allderdice

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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
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    Rush More
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    Generals

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    Regina Spektor More
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    Strange Clouds

    B.O.B More
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    The Shins More
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    Best Coast More
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    The Beach Boys More
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

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    The Lion's Roar

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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

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    The Wallflowers More
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

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    Night Train

    Jason Aldean More
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    Afterglow

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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
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    new! Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
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    Kendrick Lamar More
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
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    Hope On The Rocks

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    Sleigh Bells More
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    The Black Keys More
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    Carrie Underwood More
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
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    Andrew Bird More
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
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    Lana Del Rey More
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
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    Uno

    Green Day More
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