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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30,393
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Country Albums %


United States 469 47%
United Kingdom 189 19%
Canada 65 7%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 31 3%
France 27 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 972 97%
Yes 28 3%
Live? Albums %
No 994 99%
Yes 6 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
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