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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    most listed Jack White

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    Bruce Springsteen

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    the people's #1 Frank Ocean

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    Shields Grizzly Bear

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    The Truth About Love P!nk

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    Fiona Apple

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    Bloom Beach House

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    ranked low on reranks The 2nd Law Muse

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    Babel Mumford & Sons

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    added by vguickg Lonerism Tame Impala 

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    Red Taylor Swift

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    Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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    Gotye

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    Celebration Rock Japandroids

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    Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

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    Kendrick Lamar

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Tempest Bob Dylan

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    new! Born to Die

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    The Lumineers

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    R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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    There's No Leaving Now

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    Kaleidoscope Dream Miguel

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    The Shins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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    Uno Green Day

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    Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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    ranked low on reranks The Black Keys

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    Sleigh Bells

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Carrie Underwood

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    Be the Void Dr. Dog

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Andrew Bird

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MatthewGallagher1 Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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

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    A Thing Called Divine Fits Divine Fits

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    Swans

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    often listed Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    new! Nas

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    Death Grips

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    Kiss Carly Rae Jepsen

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    often listed Afterglow Black Country Communion

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    In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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    The Lion's Roar

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    Best Coast

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    Phillip Phillips

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