The Top 10 Best-selling Vinyl Releases in the US in 2013

Let’s be clear: vinyl still represents at tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny slice of all the revenues from the sales of recorded music.  Barely a spit in the ocean, really.  But it’s still nice to see it making a comeback.  And let’s not forget that the margins on vinyl and much, MUCH higher than on any other format.  Hell, the average price of each one of those 49,000 Daft Punk CDs was close to forty bucks.

Here are the ten best-selling vinyl releases of 2013 in America via Nielsen Soundscan.

1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (49,000 copies)
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City (34,000)
3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (31,000)
4. Mumford & Sons – Babel (27,000)
5. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (27,000)
6. Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork (27,000)
7. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago (23,000)
8. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (22,000)
9. The National – The Trouble Will Find Me (22,000)
10. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (21,000)

And check out this chart of the trajectory of vinyl sales at Mashable.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Top 10 Best-selling Vinyl Releases in the US in 2013

  • January 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    How long before someone releases an album ONLY on vinyl? A cool promo idea. If margins are THAT high on an LP over streaming and downloading….


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