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The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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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    Rush

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    Bob Dylan

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    Neil Young

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    added by NotDanTheMan House of Gold and Bones, Part 1 Stone Sour

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    Van Halen

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    Garbage

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    Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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    Sleigh Bells

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    Guided by Voices

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    Born Villain Marilyn Manson

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