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Here’s the Biggest-Selling Vinyl of the Year So Far

On a worldwide basis, vinyl has not sold this well since 1990. Here are the most in-demand records today.

1. David Bowie, Blackstar (2016)

Bowie’s last album, released earlier this year, has been uppermost in the minds of shoppers since it was released on January 8.

2. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (2006)

Fascination with Amy has only increased since her death and the release of the Amy documentary. Great old-school production by Mark Ronson

3. The 1978, I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016)

No, I don’t get it either. Most of their sales are coming outside North America.

4. Adele, 25 (2015)

No real surprise. It’s the biggest selling album of the last couple of years across all formats.

5. Stone Roses, Stone Roses (1989)

One of my all-time favourite records. The glorious jam that makes up the half of “I Am the Resurrection” is transcendent.

6. David Bowie, Nothing Has Changed (2014)

A remastered greatest hits collection. Always nice to own.

7. Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1 – Original Soundtrack (2014)

Goofy collection of 70s. Together now: “Ooga ooga ooga chaka.”

8. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

You can never have too much Bowie on vinyl…

9. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend (1984)

…or too much Marley. This collection has sold more than 33 million copies since its release.

10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1978)

Fueled by equal parts coke and divorce, this record still sounds amazing, especially on 180-gram vinyl.


Alan Cross

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