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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!

The Best Albums of 2012 Albums
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    Deadmau5

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  2. 49
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    - 33


    Sleigh Bells

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  3. 48
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    added by muzziac
    King Animal Soundgarden

  4. 47
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    Green Day

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  5. 46
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    Metric

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  6. 45
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    Dirty Projectors

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  7. 44
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    Baroness

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  8. 43
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Killer Mike

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  9. 42
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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

  10. 41
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    added by AlexBennett
    John Mayer

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

  12. 39
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    - 16


    The Shins

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  13. 38
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    - 15


    The Beach Boys

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  14. 37
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    added by Luke3
    Green Day Green Day

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  15. 36
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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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  16. 35
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    Deftones

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  17. 34
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    added by MatthewGallagher1
    Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

  18. 33
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    - 7

    added by muzziac
    Spiritualized

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  19. 32
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    - 8

    added by darren-bell
    Death Grips

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  20. 31
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    Alabama Shakes

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  21. 30
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    Rush

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  22. 29
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    added by muzziac
    Dinosaur Jr

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

  24. 27
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    - 11


    Death Grips

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  25. 26
    + 34
    - 48


    Tempest Bob Dylan

  26. 25
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    - 49


    Gotye

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  27. 24
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    - 10


    Swans

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  28. 23
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    added by AlexBennett
    Fun

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  29. 22
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    Visions Grimes

  30. 21
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    - 53


    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

  31. 20
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    An Awesome Wave Alt-J

  32. 19
    + 33
    - 48


    Celebration Rock Japandroids

  33. 18
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    - 34


    The Lumineers

  34. 17
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    Kelly Clarkson

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  35. 16
    + 45
    - 60


    Uno Green Day

  36. 15
    + 53
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    Born to Die

  37. 14
    + 60
    - 73


    Babel Mumford & Sons

  38. 13
    + 60
    - 90


    Red Taylor Swift

  39. 12
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    - 77


    Bruce Springsteen

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  40. 11
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    - 16


    The Black Keys

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  41. 10
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    - 54


    Fiona Apple

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  42. 9
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    - 78


    The Truth About Love P!nk

  43. 8
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    Bloom Beach House

  44. 7
    + 49
    - 52


    Shields Grizzly Bear

  45. 6
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    - 63


    The 2nd Law Muse

  46. 5
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    - 25

    added by vguickg
    Lonerism Tame Impala 

  47. 4
    + 84
    - 79

    most listed
    Jack White

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  48. 3
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    the people's #1
    Frank Ocean

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    - 21


    Kendrick Lamar

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    Jackie Evancho

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