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List Rules 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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Songs from the Silver Screen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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+ - 64 193
Red is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Red Taylor Swift

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+ - 57 100
Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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+ - 48 121
Bloom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Bloom Beach House

5
+ - 65 170
Babel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Babel Mumford & Sons

6
+ - 36 115
Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Celebration Rock Japandroids

7
+ - 49 155
Shields is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Shields Grizzly Bear

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+ - 13 30
An Awesome Wave is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

9
+ - 62 190
The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Truth About Love P!nk

10
+ - 87 262
Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Blunderbuss Jack White

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good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
good kid, m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar

12
+ - 77 166
The 2nd Law is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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+ - 80 295
Channel Orange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Channel Orange Frank Ocean

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Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen

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Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Lonerism Tame Impala - Tame Impala  

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+ - 29 63
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Lumineers The Lumineers

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Some Nights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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+ - 48 122
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Idler Wheel... Fiona Apple

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+ - 11 26
The Money Store is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Money Store Death Grips

21
+ - 41 74
Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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+ - 10 14
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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+ - 34 59
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Tempest Bob Dylan

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+ - 13 31
Visions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Visions Grimes

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The Seer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Seer Swans

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

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Uno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Uno Green Day

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Stronger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Stronger Kelly Clarkson

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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El Camino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
El Camino The Black Keys

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+ - 13 22
Boys & Girls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Boys & Girls Alabama Shakes

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+ - 8 17
Attack on Memory is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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Take the Crown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Take the Crown Robbie Williams

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R.A.P. Music is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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+ - 8 11
No Love Deep Web is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
No Love Deep Web Death Grips

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+ - 10 24
¡Dos! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
¡Dos! Green Day - Green Day

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+ - 27 48
Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Blown Away Carrie Underwood

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+ - 6 9
I Bet on Sky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

39
+ - 17 40
Centipede Hz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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+ - 14 25
In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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+ - 9 17
That's Why God Made the Radio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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+ - 7 14
Koi No Yokan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Koi No Yokan Deftones

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+ - 9 19
Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Port of Morrow The Shins

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+ - 6 13
Born and Raised is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Born and Raised John Mayer

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+ - 13 46
On This Winter's Night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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Sweet Heart Sweet Light is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Sweet Heart Sweet Light Spiritualized

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Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Reign of Terror Sleigh Bells

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+ - 13 40
Hope on the Rocks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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My Head Is an Animal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
My Head Is an Animal Of Monsters and Men

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Night Train is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean