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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 28,000 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:810 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:25,536
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:80
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,087 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:491 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:9,978
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:238
Average Rating:  81/100 (734 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:6,874
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:342
Average Rating:  81/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,659
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  81/100 (501 votes)
Comments: 50 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:320 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,862
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  80/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,594
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  81/100 (422 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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10.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,523
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:619
Average Rating:  67/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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11.

BlunderbussUnited States Jack White
Year of Release:2012Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 2012:11Rank Score:3,184
Rank in 2010s58Overall Rank:677
Average Rating:  77/100 (631 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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12.

ShieldsUnited States Grizzly Bear
Year of Release:2012Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 2012:12Rank Score:2,947
Rank in 2010s61Overall Rank:729
Average Rating:  79/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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13.

Attack On MemoryUnited States Cloud Nothings
Year of Release:2012Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 2012:13Rank Score:2,432
Rank in 2010s74Overall Rank:859
Average Rating:  76/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 484 48%
United Kingdom 200 20%
Canada 62 6%
Australia 39 4%
Sweden 26 3%
France 24 2%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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