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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 24,000 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, 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:649 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:20,043
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:101
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (890 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:730 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:18,239
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:111
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (990 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,910
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  80/100 (624 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:7,788
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  78/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:394 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,737
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  80/100 (632 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:4,635
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  80/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 40 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:298 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,164
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  80/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,786
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  81/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,586
Rank in 2010s46Overall Rank:549
Average Rating:  77/100 (596 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,516
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:562
Average Rating:  77/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 488 49%
United Kingdom 197 20%
Canada 61 6%
Australia 43 4%
France 27 3%
Sweden 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
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