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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 14,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, Frank Ocean, Jack White, ∆ (alt-j), Grizzly Bear, Fiona Apple, Swans and Death Grips.
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RankAlbumArtist
2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.d CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:6,563
Rank in 2010s7Overall Rank:228
Average Rating: 84/100 (324 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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3.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:3,774
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:376
Average Rating: 79/100 (403 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:3,381
Rank in 2010s21Overall Rank:422
Average Rating: 78/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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5.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:3,303
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:433
Average Rating: 77/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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7.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:2,538
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:546
Average Rating: 80/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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8.

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:181 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:2,415
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:574
Average Rating: 79/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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9.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,062
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:658
Average Rating: 79/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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10.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:1,908
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:708
Average Rating: 76/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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11.

The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:1,847
Rank in 2010s45Overall Rank:726
Average Rating: 76/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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14.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 2012:14Rank Score:1,248
Rank in 2010s65Overall Rank:1,041
Average Rating: 64/100 (275 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Lil B 2 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 472 47%
United Kingdom 183 18%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 48 5%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Sweden 26 3%
France 24 2%
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