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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 24,000 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
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:647 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:20,027
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:100
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (888 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:404 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,822
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:271
Average Rating:  80/100 (622 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,721
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  80/100 (631 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:4,569
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  80/100 (410 votes)
Comments: 40 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:297 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,169
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:481
Average Rating:  80/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,746
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  81/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:290 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,584
Rank in 2010s45Overall Rank:548
Average Rating:  77/100 (595 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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11.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:2,976
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:653
Average Rating:  67/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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12.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:2,667
Rank in 2010s55Overall Rank:726
Average Rating:  79/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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13.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:2,316
Rank in 2010s62Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  76/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Lil B 2 0%
James Ferraro 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 489 49%
United Kingdom 196 20%
Canada 61 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 27 3%
Sweden 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
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