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Best Of 2012 The Best Country Albums 2012  

Katie Wells
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List Rules Country music albums released between January - December, 2012

The best country albums of 2012 include traditional albums by well-established country music legends, hot new releases by some of the genre's biggest contemporary artists and new offerings from some rising country stars. Which one of these 2012 country albums is truly the best? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote up the country CDs that you loved the most, and vote down any that you don't think deserve a place on this list. Also: This list isn't complete by any means, so feel free to add any awesome country albums from 2012 to it!

Which country music albums were the greatest in 2012? Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee,' which features duets with some of country's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean, among others, is a huge hit. Others of note include Carrie Underwood's fourth studio album, 'Blown Away,' 'Uncaged' by the Zac Brown Band and 'Punching Bag' by Josh Turner. And certainly, Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, 'Red,' will sell like gangbusters. Does it deserve a place on this Best Country Albums 2012 list? Again, that's for you, the voters, to decide.

Country music debut albums that could easily be considered among 2012's best include the first efforts by country singers Hunter Hayes and Dustin Lynch. Some artists' albums listed here are country, but they're also more of an alt-country sound, including the "red dirt" sound of Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours. And speaking of red dirt, Willie Nelson's latest, 'Heroes,' also makes this list.

If your favorite country album of 2012 isn't listed, again, please add it: Country fans always enjoy discovering new music!
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1
63 33
Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Red Taylor Swift

2
51 25
Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Carrie Underwood

3
31 17
Tornado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Tornado Little Big Town

4
25 16
Hunter Hayes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hunter Hayes

5
24 20
Thirty Miles West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Alan Jackson

6
28 25
Tuskegee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Lionel Richie

7
19 16
Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Home Dierks Bentley

8
23 22
Uncaged is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Uncaged

9
17 16
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of Truth Johnny Cash

10
6 4
Changed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Rascal Flatts

11
14 14
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Willie Nelson

12
17 18
Welcome to the Fishbowl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kenny Chesney

13
17 18
Hard 2 Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Lee Brice

14
15 16
All Over the Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Easton Corbin

15
20 23
Night Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean

16
19 22
100 Proof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kellie Pickler

17
14 16
Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kip Moore

18
18 21
Punching Bag is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Josh Turner

19
16 19
Goodbye Normal Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Goodbye Normal Street Turnpike Troubadours

20
0 0
Storyline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
John Harnisher added Hunter Hayes

21
10 13
3 Pears is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Dwight Yoakam

22
10 13
Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch

23
9 12
The Whippoorwill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
The Whippoorwill Blackberry Smoke

24
16 21
A.M. Country Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
A.M. Country Heaven Jason Eady

25
11 15
Release Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Release Me Lyle Lovett

26
7 11
Back in the Saddle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Back in the Saddle Chris Cagle

27
10 15
Ashes & Roses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Ashes & Roses Mary Chapin Carpenter

28
8 14
Hope on the Rocks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Toby Keith

29
4 9
The Circle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
DJane added Bon Jovi

30
7 13
Old School New Rules is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hank Williams Jr.

31
8 15
Voyageur is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Voyageur Kathleen Edwards

32
4 10
Nashville Soundtrack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
hellodalai added Nashville Soundtrack

33
7 15
Nothing's Gonna Change the Way... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now Justin Townes Earle

34
6 14
Declaration of Independence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Declaration of Independence Colt Ford

35
4 12
Real Good Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Real Good Time Aaron Watson

36
3 11
Have a Nice Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
DJane added Bon Jovi

37
3 18
Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
FranceErrolHambala added Britney Spears