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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:602 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:18,381
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:106
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (819 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:373 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:7,011
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  80/100 (572 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,306
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  80/100 (612 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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6.

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:284 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,866
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:502
Average Rating:  80/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,730
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  81/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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8.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,597
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  77/100 (581 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,582
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:540
Average Rating:  80/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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11.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:2,439
Rank in 2010s56Overall Rank:777
Average Rating:  79/100 (403 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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12.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:2,359
Rank in 2010s57Overall Rank:792
Average Rating:  76/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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13.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:2,311
Rank in 2010s58Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  66/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Guided By Voices 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 484 48%
United Kingdom 202 20%
Canada 55 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 27 3%
Sweden 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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