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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 17,000 greatest album charts.

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

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:449 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:10,136
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  84/100 (531 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:9,555
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  84/100 (437 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:4,698
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:339
Average Rating:  78/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:4,159
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:396
Average Rating:  77/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,089
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:406
Average Rating:  80/100 (466 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,555
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:456
Average Rating:  81/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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7.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,516
Rank in 2010s31Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  77/100 (458 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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8.

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:218 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:2,844
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:549
Average Rating:  79/100 (301 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,690
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:581
Average Rating:  77/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,492
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:625
Average Rating:  76/100 (301 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Lil B 4 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Azealia Banks 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 477 48%
United Kingdom 192 19%
Canada 59 6%
Australia 46 5%
Sweden 28 3%
France 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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