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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 18,000 greatest album charts.

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

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:491 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:11,182
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:153
Average Rating:  84/100 (588 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:396 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:10,523
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:170
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,076
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  78/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:4,803
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:351
Average Rating:  78/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:312 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,336
Rank in 2010s20Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  80/100 (481 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,681
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  81/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,084
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  77/100 (482 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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8.

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:235 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,026
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:541
Average Rating:  80/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,806
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  77/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,186
Rank in 2010s45Overall Rank:724
Average Rating:  79/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Burial 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 481 48%
United Kingdom 193 19%
Canada 57 6%
Australia 45 5%
Sweden 29 3%
France 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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