Best Albums of 2012

Listed below are the best albums of 2012 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Death Grips, Beach House, alt-J, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Swans and Grimes.
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2012
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30,387
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9,071
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8,770
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5,951
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4,802
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4,467
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Neil Young & Crazy Horse 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 468 47%
United Kingdom 189 19%
Canada 65 7%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 31 3%
France 27 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 972 97%
Yes 28 3%
Live? Albums %
No 993 99%
Yes 7 1%
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