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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 29,000 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:857 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:27,092
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:77
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,162 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:905 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:22,711
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:98
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,201 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:526 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:10,712
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  81/100 (781 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:9,654
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  78/100 (666 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:475 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:7,671
Rank in 2010s23Overall Rank:319
Average Rating:  81/100 (715 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:6,629
Rank in 2010s30Overall Rank:357
Average Rating:  81/100 (527 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:340 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,062
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  80/100 (482 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:4,815
Rank in 2010s40Overall Rank:477
Average Rating:  81/100 (440 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,026
Rank in 2010s52Overall Rank:563
Average Rating:  68/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,774
Rank in 2010s53Overall Rank:592
Average Rating:  77/100 (507 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 474 47%
United Kingdom 205 21%
Canada 65 7%
Australia 40 4%
Sweden 27 3%
France 24 2%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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