The Best Rock Albums of 2012 Albums

The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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List Criteria: Please rank the album based on its quality and not the musician's past history

The best rock albums of 2012 include outstanding releases from musicians in all areas of rock: indie, folk, metal and more. Which 2012 rock album is truly the greatest of the year? That's for you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote up the rock albums you loved the most in 2012, and of course, vote down those that just didn't work for you. Also, if you have a favorite 2012 rock CD that isn't listed here, feel free to add it. Fellow rock fans will likely thank you, because you just might introduce them to a new artist they've never heard.

Several well known classic rock artists released new albums in 2012, and many of them are included on this list. Among them: 'Wrecking Ball' by Bruce Springsteen, 'Tempest' by Bob Dylan, 'Banga' by Patti Smith, 'Clockwork Angels' by Rush and not one, but two releases from Neil Young: 'Americana' and 'Psychedelic Pill.' Fans of classic rock can't complain about that, can they?

Jack White's newest album, 'Blunderbuss,' will likely be on several "best of" lists when it comes to rock albums, along with The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Oceania' and 'Not Your Kind of People' by Garbage (Shirley Manson sounds great, as always). Were these among your favorite rock recordings in 2012? Remember, your votes decide the order.

If you're looking for more best of 2012 in music information, check out these lists of the best albums of 2012, the best hip-hop/rap albums of the year and the best music videos of 2012.

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    Jack White

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    Bob Dylan

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    Japandroids

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    The Smashing Pumpkins

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    Banga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Banga Patti Smith

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    The Church of Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    The Church of Rock and Roll Foxy Shazam!

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    House of Gold and Bones, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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    House of Gold and Bones, Part 1 Stone Sour

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    Alabama Shakes

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    Amaryllis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Amaryllis Shinedown

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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    Cloud Nothings

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    Harmonicraft is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Harmonicraft Torche

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    Dead Sara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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    Dead Sara Dead Sara

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    ¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    ¡Uno! Green Day

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    Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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    The Strange Case of... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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    The Strange Case of... Halestorm

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Ceremony is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Ceremony Zoo

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    Sorrow and Extinction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Sorrow and Extinction Pallbearer

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    Linkin Park

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    Grizzly Bear

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    Marilyn Manson

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    Heaven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Heaven The Walkmen

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    Hot Cakes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

    Hot Cakes The Darkness

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