The Best Albums of 2012 Albums
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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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    Gotye More
    57
  2. 29
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    The Black Keys More
    41
  3. 73
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    Chevelle More
    23
    added by: stupidwhat99
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    Stronger

    Kelly Clarkson More
    42
  5. 60
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    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    34
  6. 59
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    Rush More
    35
  7. 57
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    Regina Spektor More
    35
  8. 36
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    Kendrick Lamar More
    39
  9. 1
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    Jack White More
    84
  10. 26
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    Andrew Bird More
    42
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    The Beach Boys More
    36
  12. 71
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    Linkin Park More
    31
  13. 30
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    often listed
    Reign of Terror

    Sleigh Bells More
    41
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    most listed
    Wrecking Ball

    Bruce Springsteen More
    76
  15. 28
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    Carrie Underwood More
    42
  16. 72
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    Madonna More
    30
  17. 55
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    The Shins More
    35
  18. 24
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    Lana Del Rey More
    42
  19. 9
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    Fiona Apple More
    61
  20. 63
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    Mumford & Sons More
    33
  21. 54
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    Best Coast More
    35
  22. 48
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    The Wallflowers More
    36
  23. 7
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    Frank Ocean More
    63
  24. 16
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    Green Day More
    50
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    Green Day
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    new! Boys & Girls

    Alabama Shakes More
    49
  26. 34
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    Phillip Phillips More
    39
  27. 40
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    Kiss

    Carly Rae Jepsen More
    39
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    Take Me Home

    One Direction More
    34
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    Uno

    Green Day More
    45
  30. 19
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    Celebration Rock

    Japandroids More
    49
  31. 46
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    new! Attack on Memory

    Cloud Nothings More
    36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On This Winter's Night

    Lady Antebellum More
    48
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    Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young, Crazy Horse More
    58
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    Babel

    Mumford & Sons More
    65
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    Shields

    Grizzly Bear More
    63
  36. 69
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    Anastasis

    Dead Can Dance More
    31
  37. 45
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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

    36
  38. 64
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    Love This Giant By David Byrne & St. Vincent

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    My Head Is an Animal

    Of Monsters and Men More
    36
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    Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices

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    The Heist

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis More
    40
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    Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices

    36
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    The Lion, the Beast, the Beat

    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals More
    39
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    Be the Void

    Dr. Dog More
    39
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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits More
    39
  46. 27
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    42
  47. 39
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    Kaleidoscope Dream

    Miguel More
    39
  48. 32
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    often listed
    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    40
  49. 65
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    often listed
    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    33
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    Taylor Allderdice

    Wiz Khalifa More
    34
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