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Can you guess the biggest-selling vinyl record of the 21st century so far? *Don’t pick Taylor Swift.

Vinyl has been having a moment since Record Store Day first began in 2008. Since then, some classic records–LPs that were major sellers in the day of vinyl–have seen sales skyrocketed.

Every vinyl collector needs the following records:

  • The Beatles, Abbey Road
  • Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
  • Steely Dan, Aja
  • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  • The Doors, The Doors (especially to hear “The End” on a good stereo)

All of the above have enjoyed massive sales success in recent years. But the biggest-selling vinyl record of this century is missing from the list. Any guesses? Here it is.

Since its release on February 4, 1977, it has sold more than 40 million copies. Of that, 280,000 units have been sold globally on vinyl since 2000. The Dark Side of the Moon is in second spot. And in third? Nirvana’s Nevermind.

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One thought on “Can you guess the biggest-selling vinyl record of the 21st century so far? *Don’t pick Taylor Swift.

  • Back in 1977, my dad bought Rumours on an LP and we played it so much that he had to buy a second copy due to wearing out the first. It wouldn’t surprise me if he bought a third copy before we swapped over to CDs.

    Still one of the best albums ever.


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