The Best Albums of 2012 Albums

The Best Albums of 2012

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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!

List Criteria: Albums released from January to December 2012

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    Madonna More
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    Pluto

    Future More
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
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  5. 60
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    Rich Forever

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    Taylor Allderdice

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    Anastasis

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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
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    Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen More
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    Dreamchasers 2

    Meek Mill More
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    Generals

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    Take Me Home

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    Regina Spektor More
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    Rush More
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    The Lion's Roar

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    Night Train

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    The Wallflowers More
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    new! Lotus

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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

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    Strange Clouds

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    There's No Leaving Now

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    Green Day
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    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
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    Afterglow

    Black Country Communion More
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    Kiss

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    The Black Keys More
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    Sleigh Bells More
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    Hope On The Rocks

    Toby Keith More
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
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    Lana Del Rey More
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
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    Carrie Underwood More
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    Centipede Hz

    Animal Collective More
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    Uno

    Green Day More
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    Andrew Bird More
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    On This Winter's Night

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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
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    Blak and Blu

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    Alabama Shakes More
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    Tempest

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