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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 35,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, ∆ (alt-J), Death Grips, Beach House, 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:1,067 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:33,851
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,428 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,059 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:26,999
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:88
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,423 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:621 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:12,664
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:215
Average Rating:  82/100 (917 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-J)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:494 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:11,099
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:247
Average Rating:  78/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:547 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:9,104
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  81/100 (830 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:8,480
Rank in 2010s29Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  82/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 58 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:359 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,246
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,832
Rank in 2010s50Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  69/100 (600 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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9.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,792
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  81/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:343 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,033
Rank in 2010s58Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  77/100 (563 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%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 478 48%
United Kingdom 199 20%
Canada 67 7%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 28 3%
Germany 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
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