Vote For The Best Albums Of 2012 (Part 1): January Through June Releases

Nov 7th, 2012 // 98 Comments
Voice Up In Our Year-End Poll
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The 2012 Presidential Election is officially over, and Barack Obama has emerged victorious in his second run for Commander In Chief. But as far as we’re concerned, you, our pop-loving readers, have one more important poll to hit — our own one, for the Best Albums Of 2012! Sure, as the year winds down, the editors here at Idolator are feverishly compiling their own list of what they consider to be the best popular music had to offer over the past several months. But we’re also eager to let you have your say.

Today we’re posting a readers’ poll containing several albums released between January and June. In a few weeks we’ll also do one up for the key albums that arrived in the latter half of the year. And when all is said and done, we’ll round up what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite LPs from 2012. So get to voting below!

Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts  in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be sifting through your feedback and including it in our final writeup containing your top selections for the Best Albums Of 2012.

Ain’t democracy grand?

Question of the day

What do you think was the best album released between January and June of 2012?


  • Adam Lambert, 'Trespassing' (75%, 15,211 Votes)
  • Madonna, 'MDNA' (14%, 2,870 Votes)
  • Lana Del Rey, 'Born To Die' (4%, 794 Votes)
  • Chris Brown, 'Fortune' (3%, 639 Votes)
  • One Direction, 'Up All Night' (2%, 319 Votes)
  • Justin Bieber, 'Believe' (1%, 132 Votes)
  • Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' (1%, 115 Votes)
  • fun., 'Some Nights' (0%, 91 Votes)
  • Usher, 'Looking 4 Myself' (0%, 65 Votes)
  • Maroon 5, 'Overexposed' (0%, 57 Votes)
  • Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...' (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Gossip, 'A Joyful Noise' (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Scissor Sisters, 'Magic Hour' (0%, 30 Votes)
  • WZRD (Kid Cudi), 'WZRD' (0%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 20,406


  1. Adam Lambert deserves a grammy for best pop album,best pop vocalist and best male vocalist this year. I hope his peers recognize his superlative vocals and give him the accolades he sooooooo deserves!!!!

  2. “Trespassing” by Adam Lambert is an extraordinary album – great music sung by the finest vocalist in the music biz today. Rolling Stone gave it four stars – not something they hand out liberally. It deserves a Grammy.

  3. atomom

    No album can touch Trespassing for sheer brilliance–each track is a gem that has to be heard to be believed for how good they are. Adam at the helm of this masterpiece of an album leaves his perfectionist mark on near all the songs to get your feet moving, heart pumping, tears jerking, and mind blowing. Above it all is the most scintillating voice to wrap around lyrics and melodies and make them memorable.

  4. RG

    Jeez, some of the Lambert fans above are a bit prone to hyperbole, aren’t they?
    That being said, from the first half of 2012, I think Some Nights, Trespassing, and Usher’s album were all pretty good. I voted for Trespassing because I think it’s unfortunately the most underrated of the three. Lana’s had some good songs on it, but not really a cohesive album IMO.

  5. cathy

    I am amazed at Adam. I’m over 50 but when i watch ADAM he has awakened music back into my life.i’m even getting my first tat with pic of ADAM!!

  6. carol

    There is no one better than ADAM LAMBERT. Love “TRESPASSING”.

  7. ferooz sabrina

    30 année de cariere sa vaut bien le meilleur.Madonna une artiste de talent et chanteuse de tout les temps.

  8. Fin

    I hope he gets a Grammy nomination best album of the year . All the songs great to bad homophobic radio won’t play it. If he gets a Grammy they will have to play him !

  9. willis

    I adore trespassing because of lambert’s gorgeous voice. it transports me to beautiful spaces when i listen. i love the beautiful falsetto he uses to such effect and i adore the rich baritone in the song Runnin’. i also like the fact that he wrote may of the songs and that the album includes several styles of music, which is very invigorating. can’t get better than trespassing!!!

  10. BARB

    Adam Lambert’s album Trespassing is an artistic milestone, great dancy upbeat music mixed with deeper quiet moments – Love IT!

  11. MaggieMagoo

    Interesting that Glamberts are often put down for being too enthusiastic about Adam Lambert. Is an un-enthused, uncommitted fan a mark of great talent? Isn’t that the whole point of fandom? Adam Lambert is an extraordinary singer, songwriter, and entertainer who generates extraordinary enthusiasm, love, adoration, admiration, tears of joy and tears of sorrow, fierce protection and loyalty–the whole range of emotions in his millions of fans from every age group and persuasion. When an Entertainer can do that, it’s a GOOD thing, not something to be derided. That Adam Lambert does that against the odds in a homophobic society…is a measure of his talent, recognized in the plastic-commercial industry or not. Stick around and watch this man become Legendary. Adam Lambert has only just begun.

    • cathy

      YOUR so right about us Glamberts.I’m 57 yrs and never thought i’d be getting a tatteo but i’m getting one for Christmas.a pic of ADAM and Glambert 4 ever on it!! ADAM has awakened my love for music.i grow up withe Beatles,Elvis ,Queen.ADAM has made me feel alive!!

      • Where are you getting the tat? ‘d like to get a sepia (non permanent one) to play with my kids! I’m 72 and totally obsessed with this mega talented gorgeous man!

  12. Lee B

    Adam’s lyrics on Trespassing send a message to people who have had similar experiences; it’s about accepting ourselves and others for who we are, and that everyone is entitled to have love in their lives. His vocal range is totally amazing, and he seems to just be a genuinely open and caring human being; his family must be so proud of his achievements as we, his fans, are in total awe of them. If FYE was such an outstanding debut for him and Trespassing is the next stage for this all-round entertainer, then I eagerly await the next stage in the Adam Lambert evolution.

  13. Christopher

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    • Lemm

      I’m an American Idol fan, not particularly fond of Adam Lambert, but even I heard about his album when it came out. The reviews were almost 100% positive, so I don’t think its truethat no one said a word about it. I agree that no one knows it was released since you never hear him on the radio, though.

  14. LMG

    I’m not a ‘Glambert’ (in fact that word…I hate it for some reason), I’m not lesbian/gay, I’m not old (well I’m 40 but I don’t think I’m old), I’m not a member of some fansite and I’m not crazy. What I AM is someone who loved this album so much that I bought it twice so that I could have my very own copy of the beautiful ‘Runnin’ (if you haven’t heard this song what the hell are you on here for cause this one is the best songs I HAVE EVER HEARD!). You don’t have to be some fan-obssessed crazy person to realize that Adam Lambert can sing. Not only that but he can sing well enough to make my sing crawl and I’m someone who likes my singers to actually be able to carry a note and not only can he carry a note, he takes it out and brings it hard enough it calls for its mama.
    So yeah I voted for him as many times as it let me. Get over it.

  15. john

    two words on Lambert’s TP album, Underneath and Chokehold.

  16. Cindy

    Adam Lambert uses his amazing vocal talent to come up with another amazing album that shares more of himself. Grammy’s please??!!!

  17. Trespassing is my choice, not only for Adam Lambert’s stellar vocals, but for the lyrics that can apply to anyone. They are thoughtful and have something to say. This album is not like the usual ones out there that only have one or two tracks worth listening to more than once. Each one on this Trespssing album stands on it’s own and is cleverly done. The first 1/2 being upbeat, fierce dance music and exercise worthy for those keeping fit. It shows the outside of Adam, confident, fun loving and upbeat. The second 1/2 shows a more pensive, vulnerable side

    • (cont,from above) ,Adam sharing that we are not always as we appear on the outside. We can be insecure at times in our love relationships, not always choosing partners that are the best for us, but when unselfish love comes, it’s like Nirvana, reaching a higher plane. It truly is a personal journey that is universal. Trespassing is an album that not only entertains, but raises the bar. Grammy worthy for best album of the year for sure!

  18. Cuckoo

    Trespassing is best album of the year.

  19. Sarah Vaughan

    Trespassing is the most emotionally involved album of the year. One can always relax into and trust Adam’s vocals but the diversity of musicality and the intimacy that he allows with his fans is also to be commended.

  20. cathy

    Adam is a great singer and writer to as he wrote most of the music on this his newest album.

  21. ADAM is the only singer I want to hear sing … any genre … any tempo … opera .. rock .. ballads … ADAM can sing them all. TRESPASSING is a fine work of art from a Brilliant Vocalist with meaningful lyrics that reach into you & make you feel the words. ADAM deserves a Grammy for this album as well as for the Best Male Artist of 2012.
    BTW … what’s wrong with being a Glambert? I’m one of ADAM’s PROUDEST!!!

    tess4ADAM(LAMBERT Outlaw)

  22. Rrosy

    I vote for Adam Lambert’s Trespassing. With one half upbeat and the other stripped back, it has something for whatever mood I’m in that day. I find myself wanting to listen to Adam and/or view videos of him performing on You Tube every day. I’m finding that I never tire of listening to him and it actually seems the more I listen to him, the more I want to hear!! I feel happy and excited when I listen to his voice; he propels me to another realm. What more can you ask of a singer?

  23. Mary

    Love Adam My favorite is Shady, my daughter who is not an Adam Fan as much as me love Runnin

  24. Yeap Glamberts, We’re right! Adam deserves a lot of awards for his Trespassing! Trespassing is a piece of art and a lot of people can’t see it…. But, WE HAVE THE EYES FOR SINGERS! ❤ ❤


  25. Ana

    Adam should get a Grammy for this album. I know what i am talking about. Trespassing is amzaing . I love all the songs, especially Shady, Runnin, Outlaws of love.
    I can;t understand why most of the people don;t accept his music because of his orientation.

  26. Ana

    Lambert’s music is amazing. So why radio stations don;t want to play his songs on the radio ? Why?

  27. There are a number of male vocalists today who are making wonderful music. But none of them can approach the unique sound, talent and versatility that belongs to Adam Lambert. The respected Rolling Stone magazine awarded “Trespassing” with a-not-too-often-seen 4 stars in its discerning review. Many other highly regarded critics echoed the praise that Rolling Stone gave to “Trespassing”, the album, and Adam Lambert, the artist. It’s the only album that I’ve heard in years, in years, that I listen to all the way through without skipping a song. Each one, each song, can stand on its own. Yet, the combined collection of songs that are the totality of “Trespassing” produces one of the most well thought out and cohesive albums released this year.

    The album of the year is “Trespassing”. The best male Pop vocalist goes to Adam Lambert.

  28. T.t

    adam lambert’s music are brilliant and it will get the grammy……………… I LOVE It

  29. Ian S UK

    Just simply the best singer ever and he is so into each song, each moment, tht you are just drawn in. He makes you believe each emotion and goes through it with you. Also, its an album you can listen to from start to finish with no duff notes. Standouts hough are Never CloseOur Eyes, Runnin’, Chokehold and UNDEREATH!!

  30. Arlene S.

    Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” is cohesive, musically beautiful, and has incredible messages and words throughout .The variety of sounds and beats keeps the album forever on repeat at my house. Did I mention that”Voice” that is just beyond words. Every song on this album is truly beautiful . To me this is definately an album that should be winning a grammy for “Best Album of Year”.
    Congrats to Mr. Lambert for a beautiful piece of work which has provided “ear candy” for all who listen.

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  32. madmaninbedlam

    Sophie’s Choice Moment:

    I love Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” album so much. She is unlike anyone else out there – a remarkable feat in an industry that seems to frown on individuality. If Adam Lambert weren’t on the list I’d go with her. However, Lambert is on the list and Trespassing is so good, and completely underrated, that I feel compelled to voted for it here.

    I appreciate polls like this because it gives artist who aren’t getting radio airplay some attention. I wish the industry wasn’t so hell bent on making everyone fit into the same box. These two unique artists bring a level of sophistication to their material that seems to be lacking in pop music these days.

  33. Nhi Glambert

    Who can beat Adam Lambert? Hell NO ONE. Because he’s the most talented and beautiful man ever on earth

  34. Nhi Glambert

    Who can deserve it better than adam lambert? No one for sure. Cos he’s the most talented, inspiring, amazing and sexiest singer of all time. Love u Adam

  35. My vote goes to Christina Aguilera’s LOTUS!

  36. indigo

    My vote goes for Trespassing by Adam Lambert. Not a day goes by since May 15th without listening to Trespassing…Well done Mr. Lambert!!!!

  37. Andra

    I grew up listening to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Queen, Aerosmith…well, you get the idea. I had not paid attention to, or bought any music from “current” performers since probably the mid-eighties. Rampant lip-syncing, auto-tuning, and nasally cookie-cutter artists pretty much turned me off. Discovering Adam’s music and being able to appreciate the true genius of his vocal skill has made me open my eyes and ears and truly enjoy music again.

  38. lol

    cray cray Adam Lambert fans

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