What was your favorite album of 2012? It’s a question we posed to Idolator readers in a two-part poll as the year began to wind down. Over 35,000 votes came in, and we’ve now rounded up the ten most popular of your choices. The top two — Adam Lambert‘s Trespassing and Marina And The Diamonds‘ Electra Heart — were separated by a mere 238 votes, indicating that it was indeed a tight race.
Head below to see the albums you all chose as the best of the year, and let us know your thoughts on how the poll shook out in the end
1. Adam Lambert, Trespassing: When all was said and done, Adam’s sophomore offering Trespassing, which arrived May 15, received 15,211 votes in our readers poll for Best Album Of 2012. Atomom noted, “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,” while Lee B commented, “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.” Andra put it this way: “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.”
2. Marina And The Diamonds, Electra Heart: Marina Diamandis’ sophomore album came in a close second to Adam Lambert’s Trespassing, after receiving 14,973 votes. Reader KA said, “It’s smart, fun, emotional, and slick. And you can still tell that it’s Marina’s voice and style shining throughout the entire album.” Michaela Rosie Henry added, “Marina’s album is probably one of the best things that has happened to me this year. Before I heard her I had given up on modern music as it is all about sex, drugs, and the dark side of life pretty much and ‘SWAG’.”
3. Christina Aguilera, Lotus: Xtina’s seventh album racked up a total of 6,317 votes in our readers poll — enough to land Lotus smack in third place. Idolator follower Miguel stated, “Lotus is by far the best album of the list…. when you put an ‘A’ class singer like Christina Aguilera to work with songwriters like Sia and great producers you end up with a GREAT product. (it may not have charted as it should’ve but that doesn’t change the fact that LOTUS is an amazing musical piece).”
4. Madonna, MDNA: Madge not only had the highest-grossing tour of 2012, she also landed in fourth place on our Best Albums Of 2012 poll. Ferooz Sabrina pointed out, “Thirty years into her career, she’s still the best. Madonna is the most talented singer and artist of all time.”
5. Lana Del Rey, Born To Die: Ms. Del Rey’s debut (as Lana) was released in January, and it kicked the year off with a bang, as well as a fair amount of controversy. While reader madmaninbedlam ultimately voted for Adam Lambert’s Trespassing in our poll, they also noted, “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.”