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Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

December 12th, 2012

Episode 430 of 811 episodes

We're a big family at NPR, with amazing member stations and listeners tuning in or clicking from all over the world. Last week, when All Songs Considered posted its annual poll inviting people to pick their favorite albums of 2012, thousands of votes poured in from those listeners with sometimes surprising results.Babel, by Mumford & Sons, is the listener pick for the 2012 album of the year. It didn't come out until this fall, but managed to climb quickly as the favorite, at least among those who voted in our year-end poll. It's followed closely by Of Monsters And Men, Alabama Shakes, Jack White and Grizzly Bear in the top five.As you work your way through the rest of the most popular records you'll probably see a lot that you love, and you'll also likely find some that leave you scratching your head. That's the beauty of what happens when you have a large and wonderfully diverse group of voters with a broad range of tastes.On this week's All Songs Considered we countdown through the top 25 most popular records from our listener poll.1. BabelArtist: Mumford & SonsAlbum: Babel2. My Head Is An AnimalArtist: Of Monsters and MenAlbum: My Head Is An Animal3. Boys & GirlsArtist: Alabama ShakesAlbum: Boys & Girls4. BlunderbussArtist: Jack WhiteAlbum: Blunderbuss5. ShieldsArtist: Grizzly BearAlbum: Shields6. LumineersArtist: The LumineersAlbum: Lumineers7. Channel OrangeArtist: Frank OceanAlbum: Channel Orange8. BloomArtist: Beach HouseAlbum: Bloom9. CoexistArtist: The xxAlbum: Coexist10. The Idler Wheel...Artist: Fiona AppleAlbum: The Idler Wheel...11. Some NightsArtist: Fun.Album: Some Nights12. The CarpenterArtist: Avett BrothersAlbum: The Carpenter13. Celebration RockArtist: JapandroidsAlbum: Celebration Rock14. What We Saw From The Cheap SeatsArtist: Regina SpektorAlbum: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats15. GossamerArtist: Passion PitAlbum: Gossamer16. Break It YourselfArtist: Andrew BirdAlbum: Break It Yourself17. SunArtist: Cat PowerAlbum: Sun18. Port of MorrowArtist: The ShinsAlbum: Port of Morrow19. The Lion's RoarArtist: First Aid KitAlbum: The Lion's Roar20. LonerismArtist: Tame ImpalaAlbum: Lonerism21. There's No Leaving NowArtist: The Tallest Man on EarthAlbum: There's No Leaving Now22. Swing Lo MagellanArtist: Dirty ProjectorsAlbum: Swing Lo Magellan23. An Awesome WaveArtist: Alt-JAlbum: An Awesome Wave24. The HeistArtist: Macklemore & Ryan LewisAlbum: The Heist25. Good Kid M.A.A.D. CityArtist: Kendrick LamarAlbum: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

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