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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, Swans, Fiona Apple, 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:432 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:12,199
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:140
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (539 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:515 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:11,754
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:148
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (627 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,191
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:331
Average Rating:  77/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:5,168
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:333
Average Rating:  78/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,313
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  80/100 (496 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,265
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:513
Average Rating:  80/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

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:249 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,247
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:517
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 2012:8Rank Score:3,202
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  77/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,152
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:534
Average Rating:  77/100 (496 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,452
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  76/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Animal Collective 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 482 48%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 29 3%
France 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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