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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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    Stepdad

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    Andrew Bird

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Toby Keith

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    Night Train is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    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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    Spiritualized

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    Deftones

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  13. 38
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    Killer Mike

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    added by Luke3
    Green Day Green Day

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    Dinosaur Jr

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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  18. 33
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    Cloud Nothings

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Rush

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  21. 30
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    Death Grips

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    Visions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Visions Grimes

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sophia ellison
    Robbie Williams

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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.

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    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    added by AlexBennett
    Fun

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    Swans

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    Death Grips

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    Gotye

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    Alt-J

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    Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Lumineers The Lumineers

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    Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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    The Black Keys

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    Bloom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Bloom Beach House

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    often listed & added by vguickg
    Tame Impala Tame Impala 

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    The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    Fiona Apple

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    Babel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    Uno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Uno Green Day

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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    - 122


    Muse

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Red Taylor Swift

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    most listed
    Jack White

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    Japandroids

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    + 49
    - 94


    Grizzly Bear

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    - 108


    Kendrick Lamar

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    Jackie Evancho

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