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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 33,000 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, Lana Del Rey, Swans and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:977 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:30,719
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:70
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,338 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,005 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:25,587
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:91
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,356 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:587 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:11,739
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:225
Average Rating:  82/100 (865 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:10,789
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  78/100 (757 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:528 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,832
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  81/100 (788 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:7,283
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:355
Average Rating:  82/100 (615 votes)
Comments: 54 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:352 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,154
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:482
Average Rating:  80/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:300 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,847
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  81/100 (476 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:274 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,691
Rank in 2010s50Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  69/100 (581 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:339 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,138
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:584
Average Rating:  77/100 (542 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 472 47%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 66 7%
Australia 36 4%
Sweden 31 3%
Germany 28 3%
France 22 2%
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