Top 10 Best Albums of 2012

2012 was a year that saw some truly groundbreaking albums released across a variety of genres. From rock and hip-hop to electronic and pop, there was no shortage of incredible music to discover and enjoy.

As music fans eagerly awaited the latest releases from their favorite artists, there was fierce competition to see which albums would come out on top. With so many great albums to choose from, it was a tough task to decide which ones were truly the best of the year.
The Top Ten
1 Songs From the Silver Screen - Jackie Evancho

Amazing studio album to accompany Jackie's second PBS Great Performances special, "Music Of The Movies." Both are special on their own, with Chris Botti, Jumaane Smith, 2 Cellos, Joshua Bell, Caroline Campbell, The Tenors, and Jacob Evancho spread between the two. Get both!

Still affects me whenever I listen to it. Even the Beatles and Pink Floyd didn't stay with me for this long, back in the day. Something very special here.

Wonderful performances of songs clustered around a coherent theme.

2 Living Things - Linkin Park

This should be first! I know this isn't my favorite of Linkin Park's albums, but it's very good.

Got to appreciate the techno they have worked out in the whole album.

3 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

Oh heck, one of the ultimate best rap albums of all time and one of the best concept albums of all time.

Best hip-hop album of the entire year, bringing it back to what it was.

4 The Strange Case Of... - Halestorm
5 Red - Taylor Swift

"All Too Well" gives this already terrific album its final, shiny polish. The perfect and dramatically astounding lyricism tied in with the emotion makes the song an undeniable masterpiece of 2012.

"Holy Ground" is a great rapping song, while the duets "Everything Has Changed" and "The Last Time" both feature amazing male-female voice duos and guitar riffs.

"I Knew You Were Trouble" really showcases how mature Taylor has become, branching off from her typical country and country pop sound and displaying her variety. Meanwhile, "22" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" are great pop bluffs.

Overall, a 9/10!

6 Channel Orange - Frank Ocean

Number 67? A masterpiece like this album being at only 67 proves just how much of a joke this list is.

Is this like a Wikipedia site or something? This album should be in the top five.

7 Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
8 L'enfant Sauvage - Gojira
9 The Money Store - Death Grips

Without a doubt, one of the best industrial hip hop albums out there.

Not quite getting Death Grips yet, but I do like it.

10 Born to Die - Lana del Rey

The brilliant and beautiful wake-up call to the world about the amazing Lana Del Rey.

The Contenders
11 Lonerism - Tame Impala
12 The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple
13 MDNA - Madonna

She had better albums in the past, but MDNA is a decent dance record.

As a Little Monster, we all have to admit that MDNA is the best album from the 2010s. Quality as her old songs...

14 The Seer - Swans
15 Electra Heart - Marina and The Diamonds
16 Greatest Hits - Chapter One - Kelly Clarkson
17 Night Visions - Imagine Dragons

Come on, people. This is one of the best albums I've heard in years, and yet it's behind Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj? What has our world come to? Recognize good music, people.

Listen to "Nothing Left to Say", and you'll know what I mean.

18 Resolution - Lamb of God

This list is silly. This should be in the top tens.

19 Trespassing - Adam Lambert
20 Stay In Touch - Sandra

Finally! She came back to her roots in this album. I love Queen Sandra.

21 Dance Again... the Hits - Jennifer Lopez
22 Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection - Katy Perry
23 At the Gates of Sethu - Nile
24 Umskiptar - Burzum

One of the most underrated Burzum albums.

25 Devotion - Jessie Ware
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