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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 27,000 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:782 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:24,402
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,047 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:831 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:21,563
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:100
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,114 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:476 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:9,501
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  81/100 (714 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:8,663
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  78/100 (624 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:6,582
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:346
Average Rating:  81/100 (681 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,339
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  81/100 (468 votes)
Comments: 48 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:314 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,746
Rank in 2010s37Overall Rank:462
Average Rating:  80/100 (460 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,498
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  81/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,640
Rank in 2010s53Overall Rank:592
Average Rating:  77/100 (484 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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10.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,469
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:617
Average Rating:  67/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 488 49%
United Kingdom 203 20%
Canada 59 6%
Australia 39 4%
France 26 3%
Sweden 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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