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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:818 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:25,676
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:80
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,107 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:869 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:22,376
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:100
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,167 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:508 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:10,498
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  81/100 (747 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:415 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:9,373
Rank in 2010s16Overall Rank:255
Average Rating:  78/100 (646 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:450 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:7,148
Rank in 2010s23Overall Rank:331
Average Rating:  81/100 (699 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:5,983
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (511 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:323 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,856
Rank in 2010s38Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  80/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,620
Rank in 2010s40Overall Rank:488
Average Rating:  81/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:300 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:3,810
Rank in 2010s52Overall Rank:575
Average Rating:  77/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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10.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:3,792
Rank in 2010s53Overall Rank:580
Average Rating:  67/100 (514 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 485 48%
United Kingdom 201 20%
Canada 62 6%
Australia 40 4%
Sweden 27 3%
France 24 2%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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