These are the 15 most popular vinyl albums of all time

What’s this? Another British study that’s actually a commercial for a British company? Yep.

Some company commissioned someone to scrape a database in order to compile a list of the 100 most-owned vinyl records. They also gave each record a popularity score derived from the number of people who own these albums and those who are looking to purchase a copy.

Here’s the top fifteen.

RankingVinyl albumPopularity score /10
1Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (LP)9.06
2Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2xLP, 180)8.63
3Pink Floyd – The Wall (2xLP, San)8.53
4Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, RE, RM, 180)8.35
5Michael Jackson – Thriller (LP, Pit)8.28
6=The Beatles – Abbey Road (LP)8.23
6=The Beatles – Let It Be (LP, Win)8.23
8David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (LP, RE, RM, RP, 180)8.17
9The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (LP, Los)8.05
10Nirvana – Nevermind (LP, RE, 180)7.93
11Queen – A Night At The Opera (LP, Emb)7.89
12Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.d City (2xLP, Dlx)7.79
13Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Gat)7.74
14Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (LP, RE, RM, 180)7.47
15Radiohead – In Rainbows (LP, 180)7.46
* = means joint in ranking

Alan Cross

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5 thoughts on “These are the 15 most popular vinyl albums of all time

  • March 31, 2022 at 12:34 am

    “of all times”??? 🤔
    “at this time” would be the more accurate title for this……..piece.

  • March 31, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Why is Wish You Were Here twice?

  • March 31, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Judging by the abbreviations, the database in question is probably, which lists every edition and every regional release. The WYWH album in first place is likely the original edition, while the one placing 14th place is a remastered re-release on 180g vinyl.

  • April 2, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Surprised that Zep IV, Rumours, and Hotel California are not on this list.

  • April 3, 2022 at 4:20 am

    I think it was from Discogs. Check out.


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