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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 33,000 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, 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:993 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:31,039
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:68
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,358 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:1,020 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:25,863
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:89
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,374 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:594 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:11,953
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:223
Average Rating:  82/100 (876 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:10,773
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:247
Average Rating:  78/100 (767 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:530 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,799
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:305
Average Rating:  81/100 (794 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:375 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:7,237
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:357
Average Rating:  82/100 (636 votes)
Comments: 55 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:355 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,141
Rank in 2010s41Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  80/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,759
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:522
Average Rating:  81/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,681
Rank in 2010s51Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  69/100 (586 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,037
Rank in 2010s57Overall Rank:603
Average Rating:  77/100 (547 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%
Maggs And Trish 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
The Flaming Lips 2 0%
Mouse On Mars 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 474 47%
United Kingdom 199 20%
Canada 65 7%
Australia 36 4%
Sweden 31 3%
Germany 27 3%
France 21 2%
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