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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, ∆ (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:630 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:19,445
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:102
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (860 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:714 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:17,703
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:112
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (962 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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3.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:7,564
Rank in 2010s15Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  78/100 (538 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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4.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:7,369
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:287
Average Rating:  80/100 (601 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:5,692
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  80/100 (626 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:4,387
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:455
Average Rating:  80/100 (398 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:288 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:3,934
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:501
Average Rating:  80/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:3,838
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  81/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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9.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,689
Rank in 2010s40Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  77/100 (588 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,326
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:593
Average Rating:  77/100 (427 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%
James Ferraro 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Joe Bonamassa 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 487 49%
United Kingdom 201 20%
Canada 58 6%
Australia 43 4%
Sweden 26 3%
France 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
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