Best Albums of 2012

Listed below are the best albums of 2012 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Death Grips, Beach House, alt-J, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Swans and Grimes.
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30,409
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8,775
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5,955
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4,807
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Neil Young & Crazy Horse 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Swans 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 469 47%
United Kingdom 190 19%
Canada 65 6%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 31 3%
France 27 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 28 3%
Live? Albums %
No 995 99%
Yes 6 1%
Best Artists of the 1970s
1. Pink Floyd
2. David Bowie
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Neil Young
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Clash
7. The Who
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Black Sabbath
10. Bruce Springsteen
11. Genesis
12. Bob Dylan
13. Joy Division
14. Stevie Wonder
15. Yes
16. Nick Drake
17. Paul McCartney
18. Queen
19. Joni Mitchell
20. Bob Marley
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