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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 31,000 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:906 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:28,443
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:74
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,237 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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2.

LonerismAustralia Tame Impala
Year of Release:2012Appears in:954 charts
Rank in 2012:2Rank Score:24,336
Rank in 2010s5Overall Rank:94
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,268 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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3.

Channel ORANGEUnited States Frank Ocean
Year of Release:2012Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 2012:3Rank Score:11,401
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:226
Average Rating:  81/100 (810 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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4.

An Awesome WaveUnited Kingdom ∆ (alt-j)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 2012:4Rank Score:10,105
Rank in 2010s17Overall Rank:252
Average Rating:  78/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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5.

BloomUnited States Beach House
Year of Release:2012Appears in:497 charts
Rank in 2012:5Rank Score:8,398
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  81/100 (740 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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The Money StoreUnited States Death Grips
Year of Release:2012Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 2012:6Rank Score:6,824
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  81/100 (570 votes)
Comments: 51 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:341 charts
Rank in 2012:7Rank Score:4,958
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  80/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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8.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:4,803
Rank in 2010s47Overall Rank:504
Average Rating:  81/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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9.

Born To DieUnited States Lana Del Rey
Year of Release:2012Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:4,406
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  68/100 (544 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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10.

VisionsCanada Grimes
Year of Release:2012Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 2012:10Rank Score:4,087
Rank in 2010s54Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  77/100 (520 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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Best Albums of 2012 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Green Day 3 0%
Burial 3 0%
Death Grips 2 0%
Lana Del Rey 2 0%
Mac DeMarco 2 0%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 475 48%
United Kingdom 203 20%
Canada 66 7%
Australia 37 4%
Sweden 30 3%
France 24 2%
Germany 23 2%
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