Top 10 Albums Of 2012

Over 13,000 of you voted on your favorite albums of the year. Now the results are in. Who made it to the top spot this year?

Ultimate Guitar

Where other news outlets put together their own top 10 lists, Ultimate Guitar turns to its community who know better than anyone what the best music of the year is.

Two weeks ago we opened a poll to see who had released the best album of 2012. It took over 13,000 votes, so thanks to all of you for taking part.

So what were your top 10 albums of 2012?

10. Soundgarden "King Animal"

Their comeback album earned 8/10 in our album review. It's their first LP since 1996, and we're glad they're back.

Hear "Been Away Too Long":

9. Green Day "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!"

Green Day took the unprecedented step of releasing three albums as one concept release. UG readers were divided over which one sounded best, but everyone found something to love amid the dozens of new tracks.

See the reviews for each individual release here: "¡Uno!", "¡Dos!", "¡Tre!"

Hear "Oh Love":

8. Lamb Of God "Resolution"

Singer Randy Blythe has had a crazy year with his manslaughter charge in the Czech Republic, but not until after their storming album release in January. We awarded it a solid 9/10.

Hear "Ghost Walking":

7. Muse "The 2nd Law"

Early demos featuring dubstep made Muse fans uneasy, and early single streams made them sound more like Queen-wannabes than ever. But in the context of a full album, every track has a place and Muse proved themselves kings of operatic rock for the modern age. See the full review here.

Hear opening track "Supremacy" here:

6. Deftones "Koi Yo Nokan"

It's always been hard to top their renowned 2000 epic "White Pony", but their latest two albums have demonstrated a band who are back on form. This release in particular was a triumph; cold heavy riffage, blissful ambience, and singer Chino Moreno delivering some of the best performances of his career. It's no surprise that we awarded it 9/10.

Hear "Swerve City":

5. Rush "Clockwork Angels"

The prog-rock legends are nearing the end of their career, but still have plenty to teach younger acts about rocking hard. As ever, it's a stellar record and they just won our Band Of The Year award. See their 9/10 review here.

Hear the title song "Clockwork Angels":

4. Jack White "Blunderbuss"

Few modern artists pull off an authentic classic rock n' roll sound like Jack can. His debut solo album was make-or-break for the late White Stripes man - and it looks like he made it. See the review here.

Hear "Freedom At 21":

3. Slash "Apocalyptic Love"

It might bear his name, but this is no longer just a Slash solo project. He's gelled with his touring band (featuring Myles Kennedy) so well that it's just become a collaboration between high-calibre musicians - and the result is simply a great set of songs. See the review here.

Hear "Bad Rain":

2. Billy Talent "Dead Silence"

Rebellious, angst and rocking. That's how our reviewer described their new album which earned 9/10. They were helped to second place by a Facebook campaign, but it wasn't quite enough to match the might of the Periphery army!

Hear "Viking Death March":

1. Periphery "II: This Time It's Personal"

Boom. There's no arguing with democracy: Periphery have released the best album of 2012, and you'll find it hard to turn down their relentless riffage and rock-shattering vocals.

Our reviewer put it best: "Periphery really stepped it up here, and this is simply an album worth having. Mark my words: this band isn't done. By a long shot."

Congratulations Periphery for making the best album of 2012!

Hear "Make Total Destroy":

Thanks for voting for album of the year. But how would you order the list? Did any of your favorite records miss out? Tell us about them in the comments.

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    Slash + Myles...I hope it will be a long journey.
    Tremonti album was better...the slash album was the best thing hee's done in years though.
    Dunno, Overall this album migha been stronger, but I reeeeaaally loved the individual moments of the last one.
    anvil is god
    Sorry, but that new album is terribad.
    What's with everyone on UG hating Slash?
    Coz he's lost his shit and couldnt write a good song to save himself. That album is just pop as **** radio rock bullshit. Sippin on Monster energy drinks in his vids, what a sellout!
    He's a sellout, because he stopped making "oh so pure" music for you? Slash has always been unashamed in his career. Make kick-ass rock, and make money out of it. Isn't that what we all secretly hope to do? Let me assure you, if Monster Energy approached YOU with an offer "We'll pay you millions of Dollars, if you have our logo in for one teeny second in your music video with Fergie.", you would jump at it. I don't get the hate he gets. Sure, he's not as technically gifted as some, and sure, a huge amount of people like him, but what the f*** is wrong with that? So he's successful, popular, still able to make records however he damn well pleases, and is raking in money by the truck loads. Anyone who calls him a sellout is just plain green with envy. #Fact.
    That's what nearly 90% of bellends on UG are like. Hate on anyone that is remotely popular, be it Slash, Muse or Coldplay. Yet they are are selling out arenas/stadiums doing their own music how they want.
    Haters gonna hate.
    At least the haters have taste But personally I think High on Fire, Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapitation all had better albums this year.
    Taste is a matter of opinion. I personally do not like metal of that style (Cannibal Corpse, etc.), so I am more inclined to say Slash had a better album.
    I'm beginning to realize the UG is full of mainstream hard rock/"light" metal fans, unfortunately. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals....
    I am a huge Myles Kennedy fan, but unfortunately I couldn't find anything to like about the Slash album. I would def have put Slash after Rush.
    I wish Parallax II: Future Sequence was on the list.
    i cant believe it didnt even make the list, let alone win it. i wouldnt have picked it as the winner personally, but they've been a ug favourite since i joined
    Dead Silence was such a return to form for Billy Talent after the disappointment of III. Amazing stuff!
    I don't know, i didn't think the new album was bad but i don't think its top ten material for the year, some good songs no doubt but as a whole it didn't really appeal to me. I am quite surprised though how the Stone Sour album didn't make it on the list, seems like lots don't like it but if you read the booklet that comes along with it the songs really come to life. Of course its all opinion though
    I still don't think this is a legitimate poll since only 20 nominations were available to vote for - and those were based on the album reviews that got the most views. Way too narrow selection. On the other hand: Glad to see Periphery II made the #1 (Wouldn't expect anything else ), but Resolution, King Animal and Clockwork Angels should have been placed a lot higher.
    It's like, the 46th time that I mention this album around here in a period of 2 weeks, but I just can't get enough of Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins, sorry. I'd like to see it up there, but I'm not in the mood for complaining right now.
    KOI 'YO NOKAN'? REALLY? The album art is right there and clearly says Koi No Yokan...
    Two years, two great albums by Sylosis (though they still need to learn to make them slightly shorter).
    I like long songs. They're like an epic novel that takes you through a powerful landscape of awesomeness. On the other hand, Coheed and Cambria didn't even make it in the top ten...while green day and jack white did. I'm thinking of finding the UG admins and prank-calling them until they go mad.
    I love long songs, but Sylosis' albums are a tad too long. The length of songs isn't a problem, but the number of songs can be.