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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 37,000 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:1,097 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:34,781
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,475 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,070 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:27,426
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:88
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,461 votes)
Comments: 152 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:643 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:12,982
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:214
Average Rating:  82/100 (944 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-J)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:506 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:11,441
Rank in 2010s19Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  78/100 (813 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:9,412
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  81/100 (854 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:427 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:8,875
Rank in 2010s29Overall Rank:319
Average Rating:  82/100 (697 votes)
Comments: 61 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:373 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,596
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:469
Average Rating:  80/100 (547 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:5,205
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:509
Average Rating:  69/100 (617 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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9.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:319 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:5,098
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  81/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,134
Rank in 2010s61Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  77/100 (580 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Charli XCX 2 0%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Wiz Khalifa 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 470 47%
United Kingdom 201 20%
Canada 69 7%
Australia 31 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Sweden 28 3%
Germany 25 3%
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