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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 23,000 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:602 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:18,387
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:106
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (822 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:693 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:17,192
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:112
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,200
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:285
Average Rating:  77/100 (522 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:6,933
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  80/100 (573 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,310
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  80/100 (612 votes)
Comments: 68 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:283 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,861
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  80/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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7.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,790
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  81/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,659
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:528
Average Rating:  80/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,599
Rank in 2010s42Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  77/100 (580 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:260 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,295
Rank in 2010s46Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  77/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Swans 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 484 48%
United Kingdom 202 20%
Canada 55 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 27 3%
Sweden 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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