Welcome to the first annual Diffuser.fm Music Awards! We're kicking things off with arguably the most important category, Album of the Year, and we'd like you to help us pick the winner. With so many excellent albums released in 2012, we had trouble narrowing down our list of finalists, but somehow, we've done it, and now, we await your votes.

We begin our look at the best albums of 2012 with Fiona Apple, who had a banner year thanks to 'The Idler Wheel...,' her first full-length since 2005. Beach House saw no shortage of buzz for their 'Bloom' disc. Talking Heads legend David Byrne teamed up with St. Vincent for the sublime 'Love This Giant.' Portland, Ore.-based electronic act Chromatics issued the stellar 'Kill for Love.' Cleveland's indie heroes the Cloud Nothings dropped their critically acclaimed third disc, 'Attack on Memory.' San Francisco's so-called "new garage rock" movement gave us the Fresh & Onlys' 'Long Slow Dance,' while fellow Bay Area rockers Green Day issued '¡Uno!,' the first part of a planned trilogy.

Montreal one-woman act Grimes unleashed the visionary 'Visions.' Britain's Mumford and Sons followed their multi-platinum debut with 'Babel,' while fellow Brits Muse issued the massively successful 'The 2nd Law.' Much-discussed R&B singer and Odd Future associate Frank Ocean dropped his debut LP, 'Channel Orange.' Psych-rock proprietors Tame Impala offered up the mind-blowing 'Lonerism.' Ever-stylish Brooklyn synth-pop auteur Twin Shadow returned with his second act, 'Confess.' Jack White finally issued his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.' And moody Brits the xx offered up their own sophomore set, 'Coexist.'

Which disc deserves Album of the Year honors? Vote for the best album of 2012 below! You have until 11:59PM EST on Jan. 15, 2013, to make your selection. We'll notify you of the winner in this and every other category on Jan. 16.

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