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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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    Jackie Evancho

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    Frank Ocean

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    Alt-J

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    Babel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    Tame Impala Tame Impala 

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

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    The Lumineers The Lumineers

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    Grizzly Bear

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Red Taylor Swift

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    Jack White

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    Fiona Apple

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    Bloom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Bloom Beach House

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    Muse

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    Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    Death Grips

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    Visions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Visions Grimes

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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    Japandroids

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    Gotye

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    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    Fun

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    Swans

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Uno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Uno Green Day

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Robbie Williams

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    The Black Keys

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    Rush

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    Cloud Nothings

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    Death Grips

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    Green Day Green Day

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    Dinosaur Jr

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    Killer Mike

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    Animal Collective

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    Deftones

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    John Mayer

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    Spiritualized

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    The Shins

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    The Beach Boys

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    Carrie Underwood

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Of Monsters and Men

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    Toby Keith

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    Night Train is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    Night Train Jason Aldean

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    On This Winter's Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2012


    On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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