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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:436 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:12,339
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:136
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (548 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:520 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:11,877
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:147
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (639 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:5,276
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  77/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:5,180
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  78/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:4,319
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  80/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 63 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:245 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:3,291
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,265
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  77/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,260
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:516
Average Rating:  80/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,129
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:539
Average Rating:  77/100 (498 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:2,483
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:660
Average Rating:  76/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Chief Keef 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 475 48%
United Kingdom 197 20%
Canada 57 6%
Australia 44 4%
Sweden 29 3%
France 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
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