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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 17,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, ∆ (alt-j), Beach House, Swans, Jack White, Death Grips, Fiona Apple and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
11.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:2,071
Rank in 2010s45Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  79/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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12.

Celebration RockCanada Japandroids
Year of Release:2012Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:1,884
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  76/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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13.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:1,746
Rank in 2010s53Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  76/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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14.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 2012:14Rank Score:1,467
Rank in 2010s62Overall Rank:1,008
Average Rating:  64/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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15.

The 2nd LawUnited Kingdom Muse
Year of Release:2012Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 2012:15Rank Score:1,459
Rank in 2010s63Overall Rank:1,014
Average Rating:  63/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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16.

2Canada Mac DeMarco
Year of Release:2012Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 2012:16Rank Score:1,209
Rank in 2010s73Overall Rank:1,182
Average Rating:  78/100 (90 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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17.

BabelUnited Kingdom Mumford & Sons
Year of Release:2012Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 2012:17Rank Score:1,198
Rank in 2010s74Overall Rank:1,190
Average Rating:  58/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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18.

Jake BuggUnited Kingdom Jake Bugg
Year of Release:2012Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 2012:18Rank Score:1,023
Rank in 2010s78Overall Rank:1,341
Average Rating:  73/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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19.

Swing Lo MagellanUnited States Dirty Projectors
Year of Release:2012Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 2012:19Rank Score:858
Rank in 2010s86Overall Rank:1,566
Average Rating:  77/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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20.

ValtariIceland Sigur Rós
Year of Release:2012Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 2012:20Rank Score:841
Rank in 2010s88Overall Rank:1,589
Average Rating:  74/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Lil B 4 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 477 48%
United Kingdom 192 19%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 47 5%
Sweden 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
France 25 3%
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