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The Best Albums of 2012  

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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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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Tempest Bob Dylan
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Boys & Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Alabama Shakes
4
Clockwork Angels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Take the Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
sophia ellison added Robbie Williams
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R.A.P. Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Killer Mike
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Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Lana Del Rey
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Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Neil Young, Crazy Horse
9
Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Carrie Underwood
10
The Seer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Swans
11
Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Gary Clark Jr.
12
The 2nd Law is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Uno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Uno Green Day
14
Some Nights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
AlexBennett added Fun
15
Centipede Hz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Animal Collective
16
In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
In Our Heads by Hot Chip
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Bloom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Bloom Beach House
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I Bet on Sky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
muzziac added Dinosaur Jr
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Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Bruce Springsteen
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That's Why God Made the Radio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
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Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Sleigh Bells
22
Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Shins
23
Born and Raised is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
AlexBennett added John Mayer
24
Night Train is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean
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The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Fiona Apple