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NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.

NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.

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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.

The Results Are In!

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1. Babel

  • Artist: Mumford & Sons
  • Album: Babel

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I Will Wait
Album
Babel
Artist
Mumford & Sons
Label
Island
Released
2012

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2. My Head Is An Animal

  • Artist: Of Monsters and Men
  • Album: My Head Is An Animal
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3. Boys & Girls

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Hold On
Album
Boys & Girls
Artist
Alabama Shakes
Label
ATO
Released
2012

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4. Blunderbuss

  • Artist: Jack White
  • Album: Blunderbuss

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Sixteen Saltines
Album
Blunderbuss
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Jack White
Label
Third Man Records
Released
2012

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5. Shields

  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Album: Shields

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A Simple Answer
Album
Shields
Artist
Grizzly Bear
Label
Warp
Released
2012

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6. Lumineers

  • Artist: The Lumineers
  • Album: Lumineers

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Stubborn Love
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Lumineers
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The Lumineers
Label
Dualtone Music
Released
2012

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7. Channel Orange

  • Artist: Frank Ocean
  • Album: Channel Orange

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Lost
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Channel Orange
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Frank Ocean
Label
Def Jam
Released
2012

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8. Bloom

  • Artist: Beach House
  • Album: Bloom

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Myth
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Bloom
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Beach House
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2012

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9. Coexist

  • Artist: The xx
  • Album: Coexist

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Angels
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Coexist
Artist
The xx
Label
Young Turks
Released
2012

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10. The Idler Wheel...

  • Artist: Fiona Apple
  • Album: The Idler Wheel...

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Hot Knife
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Fiona Apple
Label
Epic
Released
2012

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11. Some Nights

  • Artist: Fun.
  • Album: Some Nights

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Some Nights
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Some Nights
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Fun.
Label
Warner
Released
2012

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12. The Carpenter

  • Artist: Avett Brothers
  • Album: The Carpenter

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Live and Die
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The Carpenter
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Avett Brothers
Label
Universal
Released
2012

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13. Celebration Rock

  • Artist: Japandroids
  • Album: Celebration Rock

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The House That Heaven Built
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Celebration Rock
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Japandroids
Label
Polyvinyl
Released
2012

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14. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

  • Artist: Regina Spektor
  • Album: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

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Small Town Moon
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What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
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Regina Spektor
Label
Sire/WEA
Released
2012

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15. Gossamer

  • Artist: Passion Pit
  • Album: Gossamer

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Take A Walk
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Gossamer
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Passion Pit
Label
Sony
Released
2012

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16. Break It Yourself

  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Album: Break It Yourself

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Eyeoneye
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Break It Yourself
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Andrew Bird
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Mom & Pop Music
Released
2012

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17. Sun

  • Artist: Cat Power
  • Album: Sun

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Cherokee
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Sun
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Cat Power
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Matador
Released
2012

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18. Port of Morrow

  • Artist: The Shins
  • Album: Port of Morrow
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19. The Lion's Roar

  • Artist: First Aid Kit
  • Album: The Lion's Roar

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Emmylou
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The Lion's Roar
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First Aid Kit
Label
Wichita Recordings
Released
2012

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20. Lonerism

  • Artist: Tame Impala
  • Album: Lonerism

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Elephant
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Lonerism
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Tame Impala
Label
Modular Records
Released
2012

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21. There's No Leaving Now

  • Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Album: There's No Leaving Now

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1904
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There's No Leaving Now
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The Tallest Man on Earth
Label
Dead Oceans Records
Released
2012

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22. Swing Lo Magellan

  • Artist: Dirty Projectors
  • Album: Swing Lo Magellan

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Offspring Are Blank
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Swing Lo Magellan
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Dirty Projectors
Label
Domino
Released
2012

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23. An Awesome Wave

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Tessellate
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Alt-J
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Infectious
Released
2012

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24. The Heist

  • Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Album: The Heist

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Same Love
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The Heist
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Label
ADA
Released
2012

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25. Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

  • Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

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Aftermath Records
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2012

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You can see the top 100 albums at the bottom of the page and download a pdf of the full list.

The Top 100 Listener Picks:

  1. Mumford & Sons, Babel
  2. Of Monsters And Men, My Head Is An Animal
  3. Alabama Shakes, Boys And Girls
  4. Jack White, Blunderbuss
  5. Grizzly Bear, Shields
  6. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  7. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  8. Beach House, Bloom
  9. The xx, Coexist
  10. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel...
  11. fun., Some Nights
  12. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
  13. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
  14. Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
  15. Passion Pit, Gossamer
  16. Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself
  17. Cat Power, Sun
  18. The Shins, Port Of Morrow
  19. First Aid Kit, The Lion's Roar
  20. Tame Impala, Lonerism
  21. The Tallest Man On Earth, There's No Leaving Now
  22. Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan
  23. Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
  24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
  25. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, M.A.A.D. city
  26. Gotye, Making Mirrors
  27. Grimes, Visions
  28. Lana Del Rey, Born To Die
  29. Kishi Bashi, 151a
  30. David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant
  31. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
  32. Sigur Ros, Valtari
  33. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
  34. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
  35. Father John Misty, Fear Fun
  36. Amanda Palmer, Theatre Is Evil
  37. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Here
  38. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts
  39. Purity Ring, Shrines
  40. Bob Dylan, Tempest
  41. The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth
  42. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill
  43. Best Coast, The Only Place
  44. Santigold, Master Of My Make-Believe
  45. The Walkmen, Heaven
  46. Sleigh Bells, Reign Of Terror
  47. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
  48. Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man
  49. Band Of Horses, Mirage Rock
  50. M. Ward, A Wasteland Companion
  51. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
  52. Gary Clark, Jr. Blak & Blu
  53. Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes
  54. Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams
  55. Yeasayer, Fragrant World
  56. Now, Now, Threads
  57. Animal Collective, Centipede Hz
  58. Hot Chip, In Our Heads
  59. Django Django, Django Django
  60. Glen Hansard, Rhythm And Repose
  61. Ellie Goulding, Halcyon
  62. Dr. John, Locked Down
  63. Kimbra, Vows
  64. Rufus Wainwright, Out Of The Game
  65. Taylor Swift, Red
  66. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
  67. Patrick Watson, Adventures In Your Own Backyard
  68. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana
  69. Pink, The Truth About Love
  70. Aimee Mann, Charmer
  71. Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream
  72. Dinosaur Jr, I Bet On Sky
  73. Wild Nothing, Nocturne
  74. Spiritualized, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
  75. Shovels & Rope, O' Be Joyful
  76. Chromatics, Kill For Love
  77. Stars, The North
  78. Calexico, Algiers
  79. Dan Deacon, America
  80. Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur
  81. Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe
  82. Titus Andronicus, Local Business
  83. Death Grips, The Money Store
  84. The Magnetic Fields, Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
  85. Shearwater, Animal Joy
  86. Twin Shadow, Confess
  87. Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
  88. Heartless Bastards, Arrow
  89. Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society
  90. Swans, The Seer
  91. Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives
  92. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Area 52
  93. Lost In The Trees, A Church That Fits Our Needs
  94. Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania
  95. Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It
  96. Nas, Life Is Good
  97. Ty Segall, Twins
  98. DIIV, Oshin
  99. Patti Smith, Banga
  100. Dum Dum Girls, End Of Daze EP

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