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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 20,000 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, Jack White and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
11.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:2,229
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:759
Average Rating:  80/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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12.

Celebration RockCanada Japandroids
Year of Release:2012Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:1,975
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  76/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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13.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:1,971
Rank in 2010s55Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  76/100 (318 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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14.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 2012:14Rank Score:1,766
Rank in 2010s63Overall Rank:942
Average Rating:  65/100 (383 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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15.

The 2nd LawUnited Kingdom Muse
Year of Release:2012Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 2012:15Rank Score:1,746
Rank in 2010s64Overall Rank:950
Average Rating:  64/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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16.

2Canada Mac DeMarco
Year of Release:2012Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 2012:16Rank Score:1,599
Rank in 2010s71Overall Rank:1,021
Average Rating:  80/100 (146 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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17.

BabelUnited Kingdom Mumford & Sons
Year of Release:2012Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 2012:17Rank Score:1,325
Rank in 2010s80Overall Rank:1,214
Average Rating:  59/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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18.

Jake BuggUnited Kingdom Jake Bugg
Year of Release:2012Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 2012:18Rank Score:1,117
Rank in 2010s90Overall Rank:1,378
Average Rating:  73/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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19.

Django DjangoUnited Kingdom Django Django
Year of Release:2012Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 2012:19Rank Score:1,006
Rank in 2010s97Overall Rank:1,509
Average Rating:  75/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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20.

Swing Lo MagellanUnited States Dirty Projectors
Year of Release:2012Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 2012:20Rank Score:923
Rank in 2010s110Overall Rank:1,621
Average Rating:  77/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
Mouse On Mars 2 0%
Azealia Banks 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 486 49%
United Kingdom 193 19%
Canada 53 5%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 28 3%
France 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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