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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 16,000 greatest album charts.

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

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:447 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:9,825
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:170
Average Rating: 84/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:9,076
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:181
Average Rating: 85/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:4,150
Rank in 2010s19Overall Rank:386
Average Rating: 77/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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4.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:3,963
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:404
Average Rating: 80/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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5.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:3,662
Rank in 2010s26Overall Rank:433
Average Rating: 77/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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6.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,446
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:459
Average Rating: 77/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,379
Rank in 2010s31Overall Rank:466
Average Rating: 81/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 25 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:210 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:2,828
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:545
Average Rating: 79/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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9.

The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,659
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:581
Average Rating: 77/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,395
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:638
Average Rating: 79/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Lil B 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
Neneh Cherry & The Thing 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 477 48%
United Kingdom 191 19%
Canada 60 6%
Australia 48 5%
Sweden 28 3%
France 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
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