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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:953 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:29,784
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:71
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,304 votes)
Comments: 152 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:981 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:25,138
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:91
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,330 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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3.

channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:581 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:11,666
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:225
Average Rating:  81/100 (845 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:469 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:10,625
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  78/100 (746 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:516 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,686
Rank in 2010s24Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  81/100 (768 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:6,843
Rank in 2010s33Overall Rank:369
Average Rating:  82/100 (597 votes)
Comments: 53 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:350 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:5,038
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:488
Average Rating:  80/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,862
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:509
Average Rating:  81/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,591
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:528
Average Rating:  68/100 (569 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:338 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,137
Rank in 2010s55Overall Rank:585
Average Rating:  77/100 (536 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Burial 3 0%
Green Day 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Pat Metheny 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 475 48%
United Kingdom 201 20%
Canada 66 7%
Australia 35 4%
Sweden 31 3%
Germany 29 3%
France 22 2%
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