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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:603 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:18,453
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:106
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (823 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:694 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:17,270
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:112
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,172
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  77/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 52 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:5,312
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  80/100 (613 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 (413 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,795
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  81/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,660
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  80/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,597
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  77/100 (582 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,278
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:589
Average Rating:  77/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Mount Eerie 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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