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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:535 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:15,916
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:116
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (718 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:630 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:15,794
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:118
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (832 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:6,706
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  77/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:6,063
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:316
Average Rating:  80/100 (522 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,081
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:382
Average Rating:  80/100 (572 votes)
Comments: 66 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:263 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,890
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:476
Average Rating:  80/100 (371 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:3,576
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  81/100 (341 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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8.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,529
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  77/100 (554 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,289
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:557
Average Rating:  78/100 (346 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,900
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  77/100 (382 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%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 481 48%
United Kingdom 200 20%
Canada 53 5%
Australia 45 5%
France 27 3%
Sweden 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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