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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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49 161
Shields is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Shields Grizzly Bear

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64 201
Red is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Red Taylor Swift

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29 65
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Lumineers The Lumineers

5
48 126
Bloom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Bloom Beach House

6
65 177
Babel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Babel Mumford & Sons

7
38 135
Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
vguickg added Lonerism Tame Impala - Tame Impala  

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11 27
The Money Store is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Money Store Death Grips

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80 309
Channel Orange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Channel Orange Frank Ocean

10
62 163
Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen

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23 38
Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

12
87 273
Blunderbuss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Blunderbuss Jack White

13
16 16
The Seer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Seer Swans

14
77 172
The 2nd Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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62 198
The Truth About Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Truth About Love P!nk

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60 167
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
good kid, m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar

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41 76
Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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13 32
Visions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Visions Grimes

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36 120
Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Celebration Rock Japandroids

20
31 88
Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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48 127
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
The Idler Wheel... Fiona Apple

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13 32
An Awesome Wave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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57 104
Born to Die is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad

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10 15
Some Nights is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
AlexBennett added Some Nights Fun

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47 88
Uno is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Uno Green Day

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34 61
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Tempest Bob Dylan

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10 15
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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21 24
Clockwork Angels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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27 39
Stronger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Stronger Kelly Clarkson

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26 38
El Camino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
El Camino The Black Keys

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13 22
Boys & Girls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Boys & Girls Alabama Shakes

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8 17
Attack on Memory is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
MatthewGallagher1 added Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

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22 45
R.A.P. Music is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
R.A.P. Music Killer Mike

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8 11
No Love Deep Web is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
darren-bell added No Love Deep Web Death Grips

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17 5
Take the Crown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
sophia ellison added Take the Crown Robbie Williams

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10 24
¡Dos! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Luke3 added ¡Dos! Green Day - Green Day

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27 48
Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Blown Away Carrie Underwood

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17 40
Centipede Hz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Centipede Hz Animal Collective

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6 9
I Bet on Sky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
muzziac added I Bet on Sky Dinosaur Jr

40
14 25
In Our Heads by Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
In Our Heads by Hot Chip

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9 17
That's Why God Made the Radio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2012

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7 14
Koi No Yokan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Koi No Yokan Deftones

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13 46
On This Winter's Night is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum

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9 19
Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Port of Morrow The Shins

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6 13
Born and Raised is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
AlexBennett added Born and Raised John Mayer

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5 10
Sweet Heart Sweet Light is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
muzziac added Sweet Heart Sweet Light Spiritualized

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17 35
Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Reign of Terror Sleigh Bells

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13 40
Hope on the Rocks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Hope On The Rocks Toby Keith

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2 8
My Head Is an Animal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
My Head Is an Animal Of Monsters and Men

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14 32
Night Train is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean