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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, ∆ (alt-j), Beach House, Death Grips, Fiona Apple, Swans, Grimes and Lana Del Rey.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:705 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:22,124
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:90
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (964 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:779 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:19,981
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:102
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,053 votes)
Comments: 128 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:8,994
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:249
Average Rating:  81/100 (677 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:374 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:8,333
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  78/100 (592 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:415 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:6,193
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  81/100 (663 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,081
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  80/100 (438 votes)
Comments: 45 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:306 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,448
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  80/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:260 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,424
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  81/100 (397 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:291 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,729
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:553
Average Rating:  77/100 (466 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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10.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:300 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,366
Rank in 2010s52Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  77/100 (612 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 493 49%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 39 4%
France 26 3%
Sweden 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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