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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 38,000 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:1,135 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:35,974
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,523 votes)
Comments: 163 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,079 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:27,906
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,506 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:664 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:13,408
Rank in 2010s12Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  82/100 (986 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-J)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:526 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:11,664
Rank in 2010s19Overall Rank:242
Average Rating:  78/100 (841 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:581 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:9,439
Rank in 2010s27Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  81/100 (894 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:9,300
Rank in 2010s28Overall Rank:311
Average Rating:  82/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 63 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:389 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,850
Rank in 2010s44Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  80/100 (568 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:5,088
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  81/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,989
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  70/100 (643 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,266
Rank in 2010s61Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  77/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
Mouse On Mars 2 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 469 47%
United Kingdom 195 20%
Canada 67 7%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Australia 32 3%
Sweden 28 3%
Germany 27 3%
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