Best Albums of 2012

Listed below are the best albums of 2012 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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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257
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Buy album United States
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254
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Country Albums %


United States 462 46%
United Kingdom 182 18%
Canada 61 6%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Australia 35 4%
Sweden 35 4%
Germany 34 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 971 97%
Yes 29 3%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
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