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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, Fiona Apple, 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:442 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:12,562
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:136
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (565 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:532 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:12,135
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:144
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (653 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,393
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:323
Average Rating:  77/100 (388 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:5,208
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:336
Average Rating:  78/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,448
Rank in 2010s20Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (510 votes)
Comments: 64 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:249 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,436
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:499
Average Rating:  80/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,245
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  77/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,233
Rank in 2010s36Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  80/100 (299 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,211
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  77/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,496
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  76/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 474 47%
United Kingdom 197 20%
Canada 56 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 29 3%
Sweden 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
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