music The Best Rock Albums of 2012  

Katie Wells
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List Rules 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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Clockwork Angels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Blunderbuss Jack White

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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Tempest Bob Dylan

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Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Celebration Rock Japandroids

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Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Psychedelic Pill Neil Young

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Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen

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Oceania is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Oceania The Smashing Pumpkins

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Banga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Banga Patti Smith

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Apocalyptic Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Boys & Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Boys & Girls Alabama Shakes

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Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Port of Morrow The Shins

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'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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The Church of Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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House of Gold and Bones, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
House of Gold and Bones, Part 1 Stone Sour

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Amaryllis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Amaryllis Shinedown

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All We Love We Leave Behind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Dead Sara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Dead Sara Dead Sara

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A Different Kind of Truth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Not Your Kind of People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Attack on Memory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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Harmonicraft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Harmonicraft Torche

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Americana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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The Strange Case of... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
The Strange Case of... Halestorm

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¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
¡Uno! Green Day

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Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Reign of Terror 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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Let's Go Eat the Factory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Let's Go Eat the Factory Guided by Voices

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

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Living Things is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Living Things Linkin Park

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Shields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Shields Grizzly Bear

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Born Villain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Albums of 2012
Born Villain 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