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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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    Rich Forever Rick Ross

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    Madonna

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    added by SócNhỏ Lotus Christina Aguilera

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    Mumford & Sons

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    Linkin Park

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    Take Me Home One Direction

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    Anastasis Dead Can Dance

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    added by JohnnyVeniere Grimes

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    My Head Is an Animal Of Monsters and Men

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    The Heist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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    Rush

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    The Beach Boys

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    Generals

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    Regina Spektor

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    often listed Pluto Future

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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    1999 Joey Bada$$

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    Taylor Allderdice Wiz Khalifa

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    Strange Clouds B.O.B

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    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    Nas

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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

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    American Weekend - Waxahatchee

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    The Wallflowers

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    Phillip Phillips

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    Allah-Las - Allah-las

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sunken Condos Donald Fagen

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    Dreamchasers 2 Meek Mill

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    Death Grips

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    Death Grips

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Parquet Courts

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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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    Converge

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    Hop Along

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    Be the Void Dr. Dog

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    Best Coast

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    The Lion's Roar

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    A Thing Called Divine Fits Divine Fits

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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    Afterglow Black Country Communion

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    Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Deftones

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    Carrie Underwood

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