Albums from the Year 2012

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This page lists the top albums of 2012 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page. A list of biggest hit songs of 2012 can be found here.

The companion site chart2000.com provides an alternative (and better) set of charts of the top songs and albums of 2012. The data gathered at this site focuses on music from 2000 and before. The coverage for 2000-2009 is OK but after 2009 the number of charts included drops dramatically. The results for 2012 should not be trusted.

The top ten album artists of 2012 were:

1:One Direction2:Taylor Swift3:Mumford & Sons4:Pink5:Justin Bieber
6:Jack White7:Linkin Park8:Bruce Springsteen9:John Mayer10:Madonna
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Taylor Swift Red 2012 Billboard 1 - Nov 2012 (139 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (17 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 7 weeks - Nov 2012, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2012, Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 2012, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Oct 2012, Grammy in 2013 (Nominated), US 4 of 2012, Germany 5 - Nov 2012 (1 week), Australia (ARIA) 7 of 2013, Acclaim Year 92 of 2012, Billboard200 140
2 Mumford & Sons Babel 2012 Billboard 1 - Oct 2012 (108 weeks) (5 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 2012, Canada 1 for 6 weeks - 2012, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Oct 2012, Grammy in 2012, Germany 2 - Oct 2012 (4 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 12 of 2013, Acclaim Year 77 of 2012, Billboard200 116
3 Pink The Truth About Love 2012 Billboard 1 - Oct 2012 (94 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (14 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Germany 1 - Oct 2012 (14 weeks), Australia num 1 for 10 weeks - Sep 2012, Australia (ARIA) 1 of 2013, New Zealand 1 for 6 - Sep 2012
4 Justin Bieber Believe 2012 Billboard 1 - Jul 2012 (59 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (10 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jul 2012, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2012, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Jun 2012, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jun 2012, Juno Award in 2013 (Nominated), Germany 3 - Jul 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 29 of 2013
5 One Direction Up All Night 2012 Billboard 1 - Mar 2012 (104 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (23 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Mar 2012, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2012, Australia num 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 2012, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Mar 2012, UK 2 - Dec 2011 (5 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 2 of 2013, US 5 of 2012, Billboard200 186
6 One Direction Take Me Home 2012 Billboard 1 - Dec 2012 (72 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (10 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Dec 2012, Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 2012, Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Nov 2012, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Nov 2012, Germany 2 - Nov 2012 (1 week), Australia (ARIA) 8 of 2013
7 Linkin Park Living Things 2012 Billboard 1 - Jul 2012 (35 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jul 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Germany 1 - Jul 2012 (9 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jul 2012, Australia (ARIA) 49 of 2013
8 Jack White Blunderbuss 2012 Billboard 1 - May 2012 (43 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - May 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Grammy in 2012 (Nominated), Germany 3 - May 2012 (2 weeks), Acclaim Year 12 of 2012, Australia (ARIA) 47 of 2013
9 Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball 2012 Billboard 1 - Mar 2012 (26 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Mar 2012, Germany 1 - Mar 2012 (5 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 - Mar 2012, Acclaim Year 43 of 2012, Australia (ARIA) 82 of 2013
10 Madonna MDNA 2012 Billboard 1 - Apr 2012 (13 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012, Germany 3 - Apr 2012 (3 weeks)
11 John Mayer Born & Raised 2012 Billboard 1 - Jun 2012 (28 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 2012, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2012, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Jun 2012, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Jun 2012, Australia (ARIA) 97 of 2013
12 Rihanna Unapologetic 2012 Billboard 1 - Dec 2012 (65 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (7 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Dec 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Germany 3 - Dec 2012 (5 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 52 of 2013
13 Lionel Richie Tuskegee 2012 Billboard 1 - Apr 2012 (31 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (10 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Apr 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Germany 7 - May 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 77 of 2013
14 Matchbox Twenty North 2012 Billboard 1 - Sep 2012 (23 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012, Germany 13 - Sep 2012 (1 week), Australia (ARIA) 26 of 2013
15 Ed Sheeran Plus 2012 UK 1 - Sep 2011 (15 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Aug 2012, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jan 2013, Billboard 5 - Jun 2012 (191 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 5 of 2013, Germany 12 - Feb 2012 (1 week)
16 Chris Brown Fortune 2012 Billboard 1 - Jul 2012 (31 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jul 2012, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Jul 2012, Germany 13 - Jul 2012 (1 week)
17 Lana Del Rey Born To Die 2012 Germany 1 - Feb 2012 (44 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Feb 2012, Billboard 2 - Feb 2012 (233 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 14 of 2013, Acclaim Year 39 of 2012
18 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Feb 2010, Billboard 3 - Feb 2012 (8 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 4 - Feb 2012 (2 weeks), Acclaim Year 37 of 2012
19 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 2012 Billboard 1 - Apr 2012 (49 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Australia (ARIA) 48 of 2013
20 Frank Ocean Channel Orange 2012 Acclaim Year 1 of 2012, Billboard 2 - Jul 2012 (42 weeks) (3 weeks in top 10), Grammy in 2012 (Nominated), Australia (ARIA) 56 of 2013, Vinyl Surrender 65 of all time
21 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day 2012 Germany 1 - Dec 2012 (5 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 - Nov 2012, Billboard 9 - Dec 2012 (18 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 37 of 2013
22 Jason Aldean Night Train 2012 Billboard 1 - Nov 2012 (106 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (5 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Nov 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012
23 Zac Brown Band Uncaged 2012 Billboard 1 - Jul 2012 (102 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (6 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jul 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012
24 Carrie Underwood Blown Away 2012 Billboard 1 - May 2012 (92 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (8 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - May 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012
25 Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't 2012 Billboard 1 - Aug 2012 (23 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012
26 Adam Lambert Trespassing 2012 Billboard 1 - Jun 2012 (10 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (1 week in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jun 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012
27 The xx Coexist 2012 New Zealand 1 for 1 - Sep 2012, Germany 3 - Sep 2012 (2 weeks), Billboard 5 - Sep 2012 (19 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Acclaim Year 10 of 2012, Australia (ARIA) 84 of 2013
28 Muse The 2nd Law 2012 New Zealand 1 for 1 - Oct 2012, Billboard 2 - Oct 2012 (38 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Germany 2 - Oct 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 73 of 2013
29 Of Monsters And Men My Head Is An Animal 2012 Australia num 1 for 1 week - Feb 2013, Germany 4 - May 2012 (15 weeks), Billboard 6 - Apr 2012 (107 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 18 of 2013, Acclaim Year 100 of 2012
30 Usher Looking 4 Myself 2012 Billboard 1 - Jun 2012 (24 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jun 2012, Germany 8 - Jun 2012 (1 week)
31 Billy Talent Dead Silence 2012 Canada 1 for 6 weeks - 2012, Germany 1 - Sep 2012 (4 weeks), Billboard 135 - Sep 2012 (1 week)
32 Rod Stewart Merry Christmas, Baby 2012 Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 2012, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Dec 2012, Billboard 3 - Nov 2012 (18 weeks) (8 weeks in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 20 of 2013
33 Slash Apocalyptic Love 2012 New Zealand 1 for 1 - May 2012, Billboard 4 - Jun 2012 (11 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 5 - Jun 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 92 of 2013
34 Alanis Morissette Havoc & Bright Lights 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Germany 2 - Sep 2012 (5 weeks), Billboard 5 - Sep 2012 (5 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
35 NAS Life Is Good 2012 Billboard 1 - Aug 2012 (15 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 2012, Acclaim Year 89 of 2012
36 Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Billboard 2 - Jun 2012 (20 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Germany 11 - Jun 2012 (1 week)
37 Jason Mraz Love Is A Four Letter Word 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Billboard 2 - May 2012 (34 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Germany 12 - Apr 2012 (1 week)
38 The Rolling Stones GRRR! 2012 Germany 1 - Nov 2012 (6 weeks), Billboard 19 - Dec 2012 (20 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 32 of 2013
39 AC/DC Live At River Plate 2012 Germany 1 - May 2011 (33 weeks), Billboard 66 - Dec 2012 (5 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 81 of 2013
40 Tobymac Eye on It 2012 Billboard 1 - Sep 2012 (51 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012
41 Alicia Keys Girl on Fire 2012 Billboard 1 - Dec 2012 (34 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Dec 2012
42 Original Soundtrack Descendants 2012 Billboard 1 - Jan 2012 (24 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 2015
43 Dave Matthews Band Away from the World 2012 Billboard 1 - Sep 2012 (19 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012
44 Trey Songz Chapter V 2012 Billboard 1 - Sep 2012 (27 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012
45 Various Artists Now 43 2012 Billboard 1 - Aug 2012 (32 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (6 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 2012
46 Original Soundtrack The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond 2012 Billboard 1 - Apr 2012 (22 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012
47 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story 2012 Billboard 1 - Sep 2012 (45 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012
48 The Killers Battle Born 2012 Germany 2 - Oct 2012 (2 weeks), Billboard 3 - Oct 2012 (18 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 98 of 2013
49 Alt-J An Awesome Wave 2012 Mercury prize 2012, Acclaim Year 9 of 2012, Australia (ARIA) 48 of 2013, Billboard 80 - Oct 2012 (61 weeks)
50 Bob Dylan Tempest 2012 Germany 2 - Sep 2012 (2 weeks), Billboard 3 - Sep 2012 (11 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Acclaim Year 26 of 2012
51 Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city 2012 Billboard 2 - Nov 2012 (194 weeks) (3 weeks in top 10), Grammy in 2013 (Nominated), Acclaim Year 3 of 2012
52 Maroon 5 Overexposed 2012 Billboard 2 - Jul 2012 (95 weeks) (11 weeks in top 10), Germany 4 - Jul 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 24 of 2013
53 Birdy Birdy 2012 Australia num 1 for 1 week - Sep 2012, Australia (ARIA) 10 of 2013, UK 13 - Nov 2011 (6 weeks), Billboard 62 - Apr 2012 (1 week)
54 Rebecca Ferguson Heaven 2012 UK 3 - Dec 2011 (3 weeks), Germany 15 - Apr 2012 (1 week), Billboard 23 - Jun 2012 (2 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 86 of 2013
55 Mark Knopfler Privateering 2012 Germany 1 - Sep 2012 (6 weeks), Billboard 65 - Sep 2013 (1 week)
56 fun. Some Nights 2012 Grammy in 2012 (Nominated), Billboard 3 - Mar 2012 (92 weeks) (6 weeks in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 28 of 2013
57 Susan Boyle Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage 2012 New Zealand 1 for 1 - Dec 2012, Billboard 12 - Dec 2012 (12 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 36 of 2013
58 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill 2012 Germany 4 - Nov 2012 (1 week), Billboard 8 - Nov 2012 (10 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Acclaim Year 47 of 2012
59 Gaslight Anthem Handwritten 2012 Germany 2 - Aug 2012 (4 weeks), Billboard 3 - Aug 2012 (8 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
60 Missy Higgins The Ol' Razzle Dazzle 2012 Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 2012, Australia (ARIA) 22 of 2013, Billboard 83 - Aug 2012 (1 week)
61 the temper trap The Temper Trap 2012 Australia num 1 for 1 week - May 2012, Australia (ARIA) 33 of 2013, Billboard 83 - Jun 2012 (1 week)
62 Green Day Uno! 2012 Billboard 2 - Oct 2012 (16 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 3 - Oct 2012 (3 weeks)
63 Norah Jones ...Little Broken Hearts 2012 Billboard 2 - May 2012 (26 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Germany 3 - May 2012 (3 weeks)
64 Imagine Dragons Night Visions 2012 Billboard 2 - Sep 2012 (202 weeks) (25 weeks in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 21 of 2013, Billboard200 37
65 Tame Impala Lonerism 2012 Acclaim Year 2 of 2012, Billboard 34 - Oct 2012 (15 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 90 of 2013
66 Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss 2012 Juno Award in 2013, Billboard 6 - Oct 2012 (21 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
67 Jessie Ware Devotion 2012 Mercury prize 2012 (Nominated), Acclaim Year 17 of 2012, Billboard 79 - May 2013 (1 week)
68 Owl City The Midsummer Station 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Billboard 7 - Sep 2012 (8 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
69 Van Halen A Different Kind Of Truth 2012 Billboard 2 - Feb 2012 (17 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Germany 8 - Feb 2012 (1 week)
70 Baroness Yellow & Green 2012 Germany 13 - Aug 2012 (1 week), Billboard 30 - Aug 2012 (3 weeks), Acclaim Year 51 of 2012
71 Michael Kiwanuka Home Again 2012 Mercury prize 2012 (Nominated), Acclaim Year 72 of 2012, Billboard 86 - May 2012 (6 weeks)
72 Kiss Monster 2012 Billboard 3 - Oct 2012 (7 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 6 - Oct 2012 (1 week)
73 Seeed Seeed 2012 Germany 1 - Oct 2012 (12 weeks)
74 Helene Fischer Fur einen Tag - Live 2012 aus der O2 World Hamburg 2012 Germany 1 - Dec 2012 (1 week)
75 Unheilig Lichter der Stadt 2012 Germany 1 - Apr 2012 (40 weeks)
76 Die Toten Hosen Ballast der Republik 2012 Germany 1 - May 2012 (33 weeks)
77 Philipp Poisel Projekt Seerosenteich - Live 2012 Germany 1 - Sep 2012 (6 weeks)
78 Kraftklub Mit K 2012 Germany 1 - Feb 2012 (12 weeks)
79 Amigos Bis ans Ende der Zeit 2012 Germany 1 - Aug 2012 (5 weeks)
80 Die Fantastischen Vier MTV Unplugged II. 2012 Germany 1 - Nov 2012 (2 weeks)
81 Santiano Bis ans Ende der Welt 2012 Germany 1 - Feb 2012 (42 weeks)
82 Xavas Gespaltene Personlichkeit 2012 Germany 1 - Oct 2012 (7 weeks)
83 Bushido A=my 2012 Germany 1 - Oct 2012 (2 weeks)
84 Amy Macdonald Life In A Beautiful Light 2012 Germany 1 - Jun 2012 (12 weeks)
85 Dierzte auch 2012 Germany 1 - Apr 2012 (19 weeks)
86 Cro Raop 2012 Germany 1 - Jul 2012 (18 weeks)
87 Schiller Sonne 2012 Germany 1 - Oct 2012 (4 weeks)
88 Xavier Naidoo Danke fur's Zuhoren - Liedersammlung 1998-2012 2012 Germany 1 - Feb 2012 (14 weeks)
89 Max Herre Hallo Welt! 2012 Germany 1 - Sep 2012 (4 weeks)
90 Muse Survival 2012 Holland free40 1 of 2012
91 Robbie Williams Take The Crown 2012 Germany 1 - Nov 2012 (7 weeks)
92 Celine Dion Sans attendre 2012 Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Juno Award in 2013 (Nominated)
93 Tenacious D Rize Of The Fenix 2012 Billboard 4 - Jun 2012 (10 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 5 - May 2012 (1 week)
94 No Doubt Push & Shove 2012 Billboard 3 - Oct 2012 (13 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 11 - Oct 2012 (1 week)
95 Original Soundtrack The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 2012 Billboard 3 - Dec 2012 (21 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 14 - Nov 2012 (1 week)
96 Green Day Dos! 2012 Germany 4 - Nov 2012 (1 week), Billboard 9 - Dec 2012 (9 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
97 ZZ Top La futura 2012 Germany 5 - Sep 2012 (2 weeks), Billboard 6 - Sep 2012 (8 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
98 Nelly Furtado The Spirit Indestructible 2012 Germany 3 - Oct 2012 (1 week), Billboard 79 - Oct 2012 (1 week)
99 Testament Dark Roots Of Earth 2012 Germany 4 - Aug 2012 (2 weeks), Billboard 12 - Aug 2012 (4 weeks)
100 Aerosmith Music From Another Dimension! 2012 Billboard 5 - Nov 2012 (9 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 7 - Nov 2012 (1 week)

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