Pink – The Truth About Love: Pink earned her first No. 1 album with The Truth About Love, and that distinct honor couldn’t have been given to a better album. With the help of collaborators Lily Allen, Nate Ruess of fun., and Eminem, Pink makes even the ugly side of love sound as fun, peppy, and beautiful as the pretty side on her ferocious fifth album.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Just Give Me A Reason (featuring Nate Ruess), Try, Here Comes The Weekend (featuring Eminem)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss: Carly Rae and her team have mastered the art of the perfect pop song. The result is an album packed with back to back to back pop hits. While some fans (and haters) may be too tired of “Call Me Maybe” to give this album a chance, we firmly believe they are missing out on one of the best pop albums of 2012 if they don’t.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Hurt So Good, Beautiful (featuring Justin Bieber), Guitar String/Wedding Ring, Turn Me Up
Christina Aguilera – Lotus: Things were a bit rough during her “Bionic” era but Xtina is back and stronger than ever on “Lotus.” She mixes genres and showcases those epic pipes on an album the solidifies her place as one of the best vocalists of our generation.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Red Hot Kinda Love, Blank Page, Circles, Just A Fool (featuring Blake Shelton)
Adam Lambert – Trespassing: Fiercely funky with tracks like “Trespassing,” “Shady,” and “Kickin’ In,” and beautifully vulnerable with songs like “Broken English,” “Better Than I Know Myself,” and “Outlaws Of Love,” Adam’s sophomore album is a deliciously diverse set that dives into just about every genre you can think of and every mood you can have.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Trespassing, Kickin’ In, Naked Love, Broken English
No Doubt – Push And Shove: The return of No Doubt was easily one of the brightest moments of 2012. Push And Shove, the band’s first album in a decade, saw Tony, Adrian, Tom and Gwen updating their sound just enough to be relevant and fresh while keeping their signature mix of pop, rock, ska, and reggae intact.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Settle Down, Looking Hot, Undercover, Sparkle
Taylor Swift – Red: Taylor absolutely slayed the charts with the release of “Red” and there’s a reason for that: It’s a fan-freaking-tastic album. She delivers pop goodness while maintaining just enough of her country roots to keep her core fan-base happy.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Red, State of Grace, Everything Has Changed (featuring Ed Sheeran), Treacherous
Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire: There’s a reason Alicia’s latest set is titled “Girl On Fire.” AKeys has seemingly returned with a new fire and spark inside that’s allowed her to produce one of her best albums since 2007′s “As I Am.” Filled with soul, hip hop and pop, the album simply dazzles from top to bottom and shows why Alicia is still one of the best artists of this generation.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Fire We Make, One Thing, Limitedless, Tears Always Win
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream: You’d think it would be hard to follow up such an impressive debut album like “All I Want Is You,” but Miguel was able to do it with an even more impressive set. He fuses soul, pop and even rock to create an album more than worthy of the praise it’s garnered.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Adorn, Arch & Point, Use Me, The Thrill
Rihanna – Unapologetic: Rihanna may be one of the only artists who can match quality with quantity. With brash hip hop joints, heartfelt ballads, and a controversial nod to Michael Jackson featuring her ex/current flame Chris Brown, her seventh album in as many years manages to be one of her best — and one of her most honest — albums yet.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Numb (featuring Eminem), Get It Over With, Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary, Nobody’s Business (featuring Chris Brown)