<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent 2012 Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/2012 http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/2012 <![CDATA[The Best Albums of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-albums-of-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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Channel Orange

Songs from the Silver Screen


The Truth About Love

Tame Impala

The 2nd Law


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<![CDATA[Top Soccer Players of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-10-soccer-players-2011
The top soccer players of 2012 are the leading scorers and fieldsmen who will see the most success in the 2012 season. While it's easy to argue about how to select which footie player is the best, each of the stars below all strive to lead their respective teams to league titles and cup championships. Think one soccer player is better than the bunch? Want to add one not listed or re-rank this list your way? Do all of that and more below!

If you judge soccer players by their 2012 stats, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi easily rank among the top. All set scoring records led their leagues in statistical categories and, in the past, have led their team to Cup victories. It's safe to say that these leaders are nearly guaranteed to go down as some of the best players of all time.

Andrés Iniesta

Cristiano Ronaldo

Didier Drogba

Lionel Messi

Mesut Özil

Robin van Persie

Sergio Agüero

Wayne Rooney



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<![CDATA[The Best Athletes of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-athletes-of-2012
The best athletes of 2012 won Olympic gold medals, helped clinch team championships, broke world records and became some of the most admired athletes in the world. These athletic stars come from all sports and each offer something different to their adoring fans but they all accomplished incredible things during the 2012 calendar year. These are the best athletes of 2012.

With the 2012 London Summer Olympics the big highlight in the year in sports, it should be no surprise that many of 2012's best athletes were Olympic medalists. American swimmer Michael Phelps was easily the top athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he brought home another six medals, bringing his career total to 22. But Phelps wasn't the only athlete to become an instant favorite at the 2012 games with sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis stars Andy Murray and Serena Williams and fellow swimmer Missy Franklin each winning big in their respective events.

There was much more to see than just the Olympics however with stars in the worlds of football, baseball, basketball and hockey, among other sports, dominating the action. Repeating their honors as top athletes of 2011, names like Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Justin Verlander, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, LeBron James, small forward for the Miami Heat, and Tiger Woods, pro golfer, all returned to see success again in 2012.

Selecting a top athlete for a calendar year is often a matter of opinion and fandom so if you see someone you think should be higher or lower, vote accordingly. Want to re-rank the list or add someone we missed, do all of that below and help us rank the best athletes of 2012.
Be sure to also check out the Biggest Sports Disappointments of 2012, Famous Sports Speeches and the Best Sports to Watch.

Adrian Peterson

Calvin Johnson

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Lionel Messi

Michael Phelps

Peyton Manning

Usain Bolt

Missy Franklin

Gabby Douglas

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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-movies-of-2012
This is a list of the best movies of 2012, as ranked by experts and fans alike. The best movies of 2012 include gut-wrenching dramas, mind-bending sci-fi movies and wonderful, romantic comedies that remind movie-goers why they fell in love with movies in the first place. This is a list of some of the best films of the year. Obviously any 'best of' list is going to be subjective, so not everyone will agree. That's the great thing about lists on Ranker: You can change the order with your votes and, in this case, by creating your very own list of the top movies of 2012.

Think "Looper" is the best movie of 2012, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did 'Ted' leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the best comedy movies to come along in quite a while, but does it deserve to rank #1 on this list? It's up to you to make these sorts of decisions. Whether it's a first-rate foreign film like 'Holy Motors' or a stunning action-adventure flick like 'Skyfall,' or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like 'Wreck-It-Ralph,' rank away! I can't wait to see which movies come out on top (and which movies get slammed, in the form of down votes, because really, not everyone liked 'Cloud Atlas,' and I'm still hearing people argue about it).

Each and every one of us who've spent a ton of cash to be entertained for a few hours in a darkened theater deserve to be heard. While 2012 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, 'That's My Boy'!), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2012 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('Lincoln' 'The Hobbit,' and 'Anna Karenina' among them).

What are the best movies of 2012? Take a look here and see for yourself.

Please rank your favorite films of 2012. And if you don't see the movie or movies you've been raving about, feel free to add them to this list so everyone can vote for them! For an updated list, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Django Unchained



Silver Linings Playbook

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<![CDATA[Top Video Games of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-video-games-of-2012
Top Video Games of 2012. Every year so many video games are released that it is hard to decide which is the best. 2012 was no exception. 2012 brought us the stirring conclusion to such blockbuster videogame series like Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Max Payne 3, while also introducing us to new game series like Dishonored, The Walking Dead and a new Halo brand with Halo 4.

The best videogames of 2012 range from platformers, first person shooters and fighting games to games that defy description like Fez and Journey. DLC and XBLA/PSN games also came to the forefront with their additional content and indie game darlings.

So, which video game was the best in 2012? That is for you to decide. Vote up your favorite! If you can't find what you consider to be the top videogame of 2012 here, add it.

Mass Effect 3

Max Payne 3

Far Cry 3

Battlefield 3

Halo 4

Assassin's Creed III

Borderlands 2


The Walking Dead Video Game

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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<![CDATA[2013 TV Awards: Best Actress in a Network Drama]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/2013-tv-awards-best-actress-in-a-network-drama
This list of 2013 TV awards is for Best Actress in a network drama. Who do you think deserves the honor the most? With so many outstanding TV actresses appearing in so many quality TV shows, including some of the best network dramas of 2012/2013, it's a tough choice. Vote for the actresses that you think gave the best performances, and vote down any you didn't like. And certainly, feel free to add any actresses that are missing from the list. You can also rerank your own version. Many of the talented TV actresses listed here are stars of some of the best shows currently on the air. Examples, you say? How about the always gorgeous, super talented Cote de Pablo from 'NCIS' or the stunning Stana Kanic from 'Castle'? Both of these women are among the hottest women on primetime TV, without a doubt. Other great choices include Sara Ramirez and Sandra Oh ('Grey's Anatomy'), Emily Deschanel ('Bones') and Daniela Ruah ('NCIS: LA').

Cote de Pablo

Emily Deschanel

Linda Hunt

Pauley Perrette

Sara Ramirez

Sasha Alexander

Stana Katic

Tamala Jones

Daniela Ruah

Molly C. Quinn

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<![CDATA[The Best Cable Drama of 2012-13]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-cable-drama-of-2012-and-13
List of the top drama shows that aired on cable during the 2012-2013 season. This list includes dramatic series that aired on HBO, Showtime, AMC, FX, TNT, USA, and other premium networks. What were the best dramatic TV shows of 2013? The year saw returns of a variety of fan favorites, like AMC's Mad Men, back for its 6th season, and the violent fantasy Game of Thrones on HBO now in Season 3. This list of top 2013 show also includes new shows, like the A&E horror series "Bates Motel" about a young Norman Bates and the new FX spy drama "The Americans." Vote up your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and vote down those show you tried, but didn't like in 2013.


Mad Men

Sons of Anarchy

Game of Thrones

Boardwalk Empire

Pretty Little Liars

The Walking Dead


Beauty and the Beast

The Americans

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<![CDATA[The Best New TV Shows of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-of-new-tv-shows-2012
The best new TV shows of 2012 are, plain and simple, the new shows debuting in 2012 that don't completely suck. These 2012 new TV shows, be them sitcoms, period pieces or dramas, each brought something special to the table to lock in viewers and evade early cancelation. They may not all be instant classics but these new 2012 television shows definitely have some potential.

Filling the spaces formerly held by last season's crop of bad sitcoms comes a whole new bunch of comedy shows hoping to make viewers chuckle. "Go On" on NBC saw the return of Matthew Perry as a sports-talk radio show host, "The Mindy Project" brings the hilarity of Mindy Kaling to her own post "The Office" show and "Ben and Kate" on Fox provides laughs with the brother-sister pair.

On a more serious side, titles like "Last Resort" follow the crew of an American military submarine, "Nashville" takes viewers to Music City and "Elementary" provides a new take on Sherlock Holmes care of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller. Similarly, "The Newsroom" features Jeff Daniels as a news anchorman in the HBO series, "Arrow" channels the DC Comics character The Green Arrow and "Revolution" visits a post-apocalyptic world without electricity in other dramatic new TV shows.

Whether these shows will go the distance and become some of the best TV shows of recent memory or go quietly into the night as TV shows that should be canceled, these new 2012 shows at least for a moment entertained.

The Newsroom

Chicago Fire


Go On


The Mindy Project




Last Resort

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Women on the 2012 US Olympic Team]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/hottest-women-on-the-2012-us-olympic-team
The hottest women on the 2012 US Olympic team include some of the most talented and sexiest female athletes in the world. All of these American babes will be representing the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics and looking beautiful doing so.

What is the best Summer Olympics sport?

Just like the hottest men on the 2012 Team USA at the London Olympics, many of the sexiest American Olympians are from just a few sports. The US Women's Olympic Soccer Team is stacked with hotties like Alex Morgan, Heather Mitts, Hope Solo, Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez, just to name a few. US Swimming is the same way with Natalie Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Chloe Sutton all looking for gold in London.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics the women will outnumber the men on Team USA not just in numbers but also in the looks department. Of the 269 women going to the games, there are numerous beautiful women on the team including sprinter Allyson Felix, gymnast Jordyn Wieber, volleyball player Logan Tom, fencer Mariel Zagunis and rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin. The babes don't stop there though with some stunners coming out of less popular sports like boxing, such as the gorgeous Marlen Esparza, and cycling, like the beauty Shelly Olds.

All of these beautiful women are easily some of the hottest athletes at the Summer Olympics, not to mention they are some of the most promising athletes on the US Olympic team. Which American Olympian babe is the hottest? The hottest women competing in London are some of the most gorgeous athletes of all time. Tell us by voting, re-ranking or adding any we missed below!

Allyson Felix

Dana Vollmer

Heather Mitts

Hope Solo

Lolo Jones

Chloe Sutton

Kelley O'Hara

Alex Morgan

McKayla Maroney

Emma Coburn

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<![CDATA[The Top NFL Rookies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-nfl-rookies-2012
The top NFL rookies in 2012 are those first-year professional football players who are quickly making an impact in the league. These NFL players, many of whom were among the best steals in the 2012 NFL Draft, each are seeing success in the pros as quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, kickers and even defensive players.

Prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season, all eyes were on the top quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft especially as a number of teams had plans to use their rookies immediately. Andrew Luck out of Stanford had perhaps the most on his shoulders as he was filling some very big shoes on the Indianapolis Colts previously filled by Peyton Manning. But things didn't go as planned when the Colts began the 2012 season at the bottom of the AFC South. Instead, another rookie quarterback earned the lion's share of attention. Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy as a member of the Baylor Bears in 2011, turned heads when in his opening game notched 320 passing yards and two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints.

But there are plenty of other players besides NFL quarterbacks who have been impressive 2012 NFL rookies. Running backs Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns, Bernard Pierce of the Baltimore Ravens and Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins, wide receivers Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars and tight end Coby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts have all seen strong starts to their rookie campaigns.

On the defense, stars like Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks and Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers all began their rookie seasons atop the stats leaders in defensive categories like tackles and interceptions. Don't see your favorite 2012 NFL rookie listed? Want to move these selections around? Do all of that and more below by voting for, adding to or re-ranking this list of top 2012 NFL rookies.

Doug Martin

Andrew Luck

Luke Kuechly

Russell Wilson

Trent Richardson

Robert Griffin III

Bruce Irvin

Chandler Jones

Alfred Morris

Justin Tucker

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