With 2012 nearing its end, we had Metal Insider contributors Bram Teitelman, Zach Shaw, Kodi McKinney, Matt Brown, Chris Colgan, Chip McCabe, and Daniel Cordova list their top ten favorite albums of the year. And as we predicted, there were plenty of crossover picks amongst the seven lists. With that in mind, we thought it was only appropriate to compile one complete list naming the overall top ten albums of 2012.

First, let’s go over how we actually made this combined list. We took a look at each album that made it onto our seven lists, and recognized the album’s weight on a descending scale. For example, an album that was named #1 on one list received 10 points, while an album named #10 received 1 point (while “honorable mentions” counted as half a point). We then added up all the points each album received from each list, and voila!

So without further ado, click on the page numbers below to see what made it onto Metal Insider’s top 10 albums of 2012.