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Best Albums of 2012

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 2012 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 25,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, ∆ (alt-j), Beach House, Death Grips, Fiona Apple, Swans, Grimes and Jack White.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:682 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:21,097
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:93
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (937 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:751 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:18,982
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:110
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,021 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:437 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:8,440
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  81/100 (646 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:8,011
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:274
Average Rating:  78/100 (566 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,934
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:358
Average Rating:  81/100 (652 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:4,831
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:438
Average Rating:  80/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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7.

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever DoUnited States Fiona Apple
Year of Release:2012Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,211
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:495
Average Rating:  80/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,129
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  81/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,601
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:564
Average Rating:  77/100 (456 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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10.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,573
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  77/100 (604 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Guided By Voices 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 495 50%
United Kingdom 195 20%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 42 4%
France 25 3%
Sweden 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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