Top 10 Best-Selling Albums of 2012

By Connor Murphy,

2012 has been quite a year in music, and with the year ending, it seemed like a good idea to look back and check out the top 10 best selling albums of 2012. So without further adieu, here they are:

10.) Night Train Jason Aldean

The fifth studio album released by this country singer has reached more success then anticipated. Night Train sold 409,000 copies in its first week and has reached a million copies sold this month. I criticized the album as coming off a bit bland, but it’s done well so you have to give the man credit. Jason Aldean is hard to beat right now in the country world.

Jason Aldean - “Take A Little Ride”:

9.) Overexposed Maroon 5

Maroon 5 has become one of the more popular acts in pop music today. It’s deserved - lead singer Adam Levine is a talented singer, and they keep managing to come out with fun music. I’ve become a fan of theirs over the years, and with Overexposed being only the band’s fourth studio album, I see them building and keeping the success from here towards the future.

Maroon 5 – “One More Night”:

8.) Born and Raised John Mayer

John Mayer is back after a two-year hiatus (due to his undergoing surgery) with Born and Raised, his fifth studio album. With this album, Mayer looked to build off his already established musical style by incorporating a folk sound into his blend of music. Mayer is already well known for being a fantastic musician, and Born and Raised didn’t let down.

John Mayer – “Queen Of California”:

7.) The Lumineers The Lumineers

This album, in my opinion, is the best album of the year. Ever since my first listen of this album, I have been engraved as a huge Lumineers fan. I can’t get enough of this band. Even more impressive is this is the band’s debut album. I’m amazed at how they make the simplicity of their music, which has a good old-time folk feel to it, can latch onto me so easily. The Lumineers are phenomenal; I still think they aren’t getting as much attention as they should be because each track off this album is gold to my ears. I highly recommend this album. The Lumineers is definitely the breakout album of the year. Look for big things in the future from this band.

The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”:

6.) Sigh No More Mumford & Sons

The fact that this album was not only the debut album for Mumford & Sons, but also that it was released in early 2010 and lands at number six on this year’s chart is astonishing. However, Mumford and Sons released a new album this year, which people must have liked, causing them to checkout and buy their first album as well. Simply to say, listen to this album, and you’ll understand why. Mumford & Sons is one of the best musical acts available today, and this is as good a debut album as they come.

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”:

5.) Some Nights Fun.

Fun.’s sophomore album is a force to be reckoned with. Containing the hit of the summer “We Are Young”, you have to live under a rock to not have heard this song. However, it’s one hit in a gold-mine of an album. Definitely top three of my favorite albums of the year, every song is pretty much awesome. I think it deserves a little more love, but I definitely think it’s worth a listen.

Fun. – “Some Nights”:

4.) Up All Night One Direction

One Direction blasted onto the scene with its debut album of boy-band pop. This British boy band has won the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. I’m not personally a fan, but ranking in at number four on this list, they must be doing something right.

One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”:

3.) Babel Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons make their second appearance on this list, so they’re clearly the real deal. I love them, and this sophomore album to Sigh No More doesn’t disappoint. Babel brings that same excellent Mumford sound, and as a side note, the band has seemed to ignite the folk rebirth in modern music.

Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”:

2.) Red Taylor Swift

America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift found incredible success with Red. She seems to be unstoppable, because whatever she comes up with winds up being a huge success, and this album is no different. Give the girl all the credit in the world, she comes out with good music, and people love her. She can’t go wrong.

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”:

1.) 21 Adele

Adele can’t be stopped. Must be something about her voice, or her deep powerful lyrics, everybody loves her. It was released in January 2011 and is still going strong. It’s multi-award winning. She shares her personal woes in her lyrics, and she’s absolutely original. She is an excellent artist, and with only two albums with immense success, it doesn’t seem like this woman is going anywhere anytime soon. Adele is on fire.

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”:

And there they are. An interesting list, some not even from 2012, yet reaching from different genres, it’s nice to see that people still have a wide span of music fandom still. Let’s look forward to see what 2013 has in store!



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