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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 17,000 greatest album charts.

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

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:459 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:10,258
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:167
Average Rating:  84/100 (551 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:369 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:9,344
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:183
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (443 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:4,243
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  78/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:4,138
Rank in 2010s19Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  77/100 (324 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:3,646
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:442
Average Rating:  79/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,292
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  81/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:2,956
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  77/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 67 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:221 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:2,784
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:563
Average Rating:  79/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,617
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  77/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,265
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:675
Average Rating:  76/100 (306 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Lil B 4 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Neneh Cherry & The Thing 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 479 48%
United Kingdom 192 19%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 47 5%
Sweden 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
France 25 3%
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