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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 20,000 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, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, 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:496 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:13,938
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:126
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (634 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:569 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:13,282
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:133
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (729 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,839
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  79/100 (475 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:263 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:5,509
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  77/100 (422 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:338 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,648
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:393
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 65 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:256 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,626
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:485
Average Rating:  80/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,337
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:529
Average Rating:  81/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,334
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  78/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,171
Rank in 2010s40Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  77/100 (527 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,543
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:667
Average Rating:  76/100 (356 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Azealia Banks 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 483 48%
United Kingdom 193 19%
Canada 54 5%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 28 3%
France 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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