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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 34,000 greatest album charts.

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

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,032 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:32,243
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,384 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,046 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:26,743
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:87
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,398 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:615 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:12,250
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:221
Average Rating:  82/100 (904 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-J)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:10,819
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:247
Average Rating:  78/100 (780 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:541 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,930
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  81/100 (816 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:8,287
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  82/100 (658 votes)
Comments: 58 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:358 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,158
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  80/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,894
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  81/100 (491 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,824
Rank in 2010s50Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  69/100 (596 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:343 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,983
Rank in 2010s60Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  77/100 (560 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mouse On Mars 2 0%
The Flaming Lips 2 0%
Charli XCX 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 476 48%
United Kingdom 199 20%
Canada 65 7%
Australia 35 4%
Sweden 30 3%
Germany 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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