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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:792 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:24,948
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:81
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,072 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:849 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:21,792
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:100
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,130 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:483 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:9,711
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:241
Average Rating:  81/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:8,924
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  78/100 (630 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:441 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:6,901
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:340
Average Rating:  81/100 (685 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:280 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,437
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  81/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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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:318 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,859
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:459
Average Rating:  80/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,496
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  81/100 (416 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,601
Rank in 2010s53Overall Rank:597
Average Rating:  77/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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10.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,510
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:616
Average Rating:  67/100 (503 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
Lil B 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
Guided By Voices 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 489 49%
United Kingdom 201 20%
Canada 60 6%
Australia 39 4%
France 26 3%
Sweden 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
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