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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 22,000 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, Fiona Apple, Swans, Death Grips, 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:568 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:17,347
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:110
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (780 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:665 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:16,630
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:113
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (892 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,031
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:285
Average Rating:  78/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:6,456
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  80/100 (555 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,019
Rank in 2010s28Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  80/100 (600 votes)
Comments: 67 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:274 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,833
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  80/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,610
Rank in 2010s40Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  81/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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8.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,423
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  77/100 (576 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,240
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:579
Average Rating:  80/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,878
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:650
Average Rating:  76/100 (408 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 10 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Mouse On Mars 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 486 49%
United Kingdom 202 20%
Canada 52 5%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 28 3%
France 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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