Best Albums of 2012

Listed below are the best albums of 2012 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Death Grips, ∆ (alt-J), Beach House, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Swans and Grimes.
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29,874
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Total albums: 468. Page 1 of 47

Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Big K.R.I.T. 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 468 47%
United Kingdom 188 19%
Canada 67 7%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 31 3%
Germany 27 3%
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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
6. The River by Bruce Springsteen
7. Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel
8. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
9. Making Movies by Dire Straits
10. Permanent Waves by Rush
11. Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies
12. Pretenders by Pretenders
13. Sandinista! by The Clash
14. Boy by U2
15. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath
16. Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
17. Ace Of Spades by Motörhead
18. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
19. Sound Affects by The Jam
20. Gaucho by Steely Dan
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