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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
21.

Swing Lo MagellanUnited States Dirty Projectors
Year of Release:2012Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 2012:21Rank Score:857
Rank in 2010s103Overall Rank:1,572
Average Rating:  77/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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22.

ValtariIceland Sigur Rós
Year of Release:2012Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 2012:22Rank Score:845
Rank in 2010s105Overall Rank:1,591
Average Rating:  74/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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23.

Put Your Back N 2 ItUnited States Perfume Genius
Year of Release:2012Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 2012:23Rank Score:813
Rank in 2010s110Overall Rank:1,638
Average Rating:  73/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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24.

Kill For LoveUnited States Chromatics
Year of Release:2012Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 2012:24Rank Score:784
Rank in 2010s120Overall Rank:1,697
Average Rating:  76/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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25.

'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Canada Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Year of Release:2012Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 2012:25Rank Score:675
Rank in 2010s152Overall Rank:1,924
Average Rating:  80/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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26.

Boys & GirlsUnited States Alabama Shakes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 2012:26Rank Score:670
Rank in 2010s153Overall Rank:1,931
Average Rating:  73/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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27.

Koi No YokanUnited States Deftones
Year of Release:2012Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 2012:27Rank Score:658
Rank in 2010s159Overall Rank:1,961
Average Rating:  74/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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28.

CoexistUnited Kingdom The xx
Year of Release:2012Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 2012:28Rank Score:652
Rank in 2010s162Overall Rank:1,976
Average Rating:  72/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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29.

Light Up GoldUnited States Parquet Courts
Year of Release:2012Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 2012:29Rank Score:648
Rank in 2010s164Overall Rank:1,994
Average Rating:  78/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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30.

ShrinesCanada Purity Ring
Year of Release:2012Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 2012:30Rank Score:618
Rank in 2010s170Overall Rank:2,065
Average Rating:  74/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Lil B 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Neneh Cherry & The Thing 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 478 48%
United Kingdom 191 19%
Canada 60 6%
Australia 47 5%
Sweden 28 3%
France 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
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