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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, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Swans and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,068 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:33,942
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,427 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,060 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:26,965
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:89
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:620 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:12,648
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:217
Average Rating:  82/100 (916 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-J)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:493 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:11,095
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:545 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:9,050
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  81/100 (829 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:8,466
Rank in 2010s29Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  82/100 (669 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:358 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,244
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  80/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,905
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  69/100 (601 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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9.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,819
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  81/100 (503 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:622
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%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Wiz Khalifa 2 0%
The Flaming Lips 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 479 48%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 67 7%
Australia 33 3%
Sweden 29 3%
Germany 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
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