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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:875 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:27,302
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:78
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,204 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:534 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:10,690
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:234
Average Rating:  81/100 (793 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:7,856
Rank in 2010s23Overall Rank:320
Average Rating:  81/100 (727 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:328 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:6,485
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:370
Average Rating:  81/100 (541 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:5,019
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  80/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,810
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  81/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,169
Rank in 2010s50Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  68/100 (536 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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11.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:312 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:3,255
Rank in 2010s59Overall Rank:696
Average Rating:  77/100 (648 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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12.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:3,116
Rank in 2010s61Overall Rank:725
Average Rating:  79/100 (464 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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14.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 2012:14Rank Score:2,466
Rank in 2010s79Overall Rank:886
Average Rating:  76/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 473 47%
United Kingdom 204 20%
Canada 65 7%
Australia 38 4%
Sweden 28 3%
Germany 23 2%
France 23 2%
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