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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 18,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, ∆ (alt-j), Frank Ocean, Beach House, Swans, Death Grips, Jack White, Fiona Apple and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:504 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:11,390
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  84/100 (605 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:11,331
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:155
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,088
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:333
Average Rating:  78/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:4,878
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:347
Average Rating:  78/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,245
Rank in 2010s21Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  80/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,356
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  80/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,134
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  77/100 (484 votes)
Comments: 68 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:239 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,132
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  80/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,917
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  78/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,290
Rank in 2010s45Overall Rank:697
Average Rating:  76/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Burial 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 484 48%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 56 6%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 29 3%
France 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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