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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, ∆ (alt-j), Frank Ocean, 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:621 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:19,109
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:7,096
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  80/100 (579 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,534
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  80/100 (617 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:4,205
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  80/100 (393 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:286 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,896
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  80/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,794
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  81/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:291 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,512
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:546
Average Rating:  77/100 (584 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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11.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:2,793
Rank in 2010s52Overall Rank:678
Average Rating:  66/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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12.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:2,508
Rank in 2010s55Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  79/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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13.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:2,295
Rank in 2010s58Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  76/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Lil B 2 0%
Guided By Voices 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 487 49%
United Kingdom 202 20%
Canada 56 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 26 3%
Sweden 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
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