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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 18,000 greatest album charts.

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

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:494 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:11,197
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  84/100 (589 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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2.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:10,583
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:169
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,047
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:337
Average Rating:  78/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:4,813
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:351
Average Rating:  78/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,361
Rank in 2010s19Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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6.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,684
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  81/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,118
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  77/100 (484 votes)
Comments: 68 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:238 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,026
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:542
Average Rating:  80/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:2,886
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:567
Average Rating:  77/100 (269 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,283
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:694
Average Rating:  76/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Kyle Bobby Dunn 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 482 48%
United Kingdom 194 19%
Canada 57 6%
Australia 45 5%
Sweden 29 3%
France 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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