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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 19,000 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:440 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:12,400
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:137
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (550 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:521 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:11,923
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:146
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (640 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,266
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  77/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:5,180
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  78/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,315
Rank in 2010s23Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  80/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 64 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:246 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,294
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,260
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  77/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,258
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  80/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,127
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:543
Average Rating:  77/100 (498 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,502
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:660
Average Rating:  76/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Lil B 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 476 48%
United Kingdom 197 20%
Canada 57 6%
Australia 44 4%
France 29 3%
Sweden 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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