The Best Albums of 2012 Albums

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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    Dirty Projectors

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    Stepdad

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    Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Carrie Underwood

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    John Mayer

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    Animal Collective

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    The Shins

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    The Beach Boys

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    Killer Mike

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    Spiritualized

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    Deftones

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Green Day Green Day

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    Dinosaur Jr

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    Death Grips

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Cloud Nothings

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    Rush

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    Visions Grimes

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Robbie Williams

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    Swans

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    Death Grips

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Fun

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    Gotye

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    Alt-J

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    Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    The Black Keys

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    The Lumineers The Lumineers

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    Japandroids

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    Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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    Bloom Beach House

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    Uno Green Day

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    Tame Impala Tame Impala 

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    Muse

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    Grizzly Bear

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    Fiona Apple

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    Red Taylor Swift

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    Jack White

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    Jackie Evancho

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