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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 30,000 greatest album charts.

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

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:886 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:27,892
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:76
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,219 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:942 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:23,643
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:95
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,252 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:548 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:11,145
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  81/100 (800 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:455 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:9,918
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:254
Average Rating:  78/100 (706 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,056
Rank in 2010s23Overall Rank:318
Average Rating:  81/100 (733 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:339 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:6,624
Rank in 2010s31Overall Rank:367
Average Rating:  81/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 51 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:343 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,021
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:469
Average Rating:  80/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,802
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:496
Average Rating:  81/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,213
Rank in 2010s50Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  68/100 (539 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,960
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  77/100 (516 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Guided By Voices 2 0%
The Flaming Lips 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Charli XCX 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 472 47%
United Kingdom 204 20%
Canada 65 7%
Australia 38 4%
Sweden 30 3%
France 23 2%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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