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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 28,000 greatest album charts.

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2012 year summaryThe best artists of 2012 were Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, ∆ (alt-j), Beach House, Death Grips, Fiona Apple, Swans, Lana Del Rey and Grimes.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Year of Release:2012Appears in:809 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:25,528
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:80
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,086 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:860 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:22,004
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:100
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,148 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:9,973
Rank in 2010s14Overall Rank:238
Average Rating:  81/100 (734 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:9,123
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  78/100 (641 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:6,870
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:342
Average Rating:  81/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,648
Rank in 2010s34Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  81/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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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:319 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,854
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  80/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,584
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:485
Average Rating:  81/100 (422 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,636
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:596
Average Rating:  77/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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10.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,523
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:618
Average Rating:  67/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Lil B 2 0%
Mount Eerie 2 0%
Andrew Bird 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 483 48%
United Kingdom 200 20%
Canada 62 6%
Australia 39 4%
Sweden 27 3%
France 24 2%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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