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Published on January 8th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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What Were the Top Selling Vinyl Albums in Canada in 2015?

All the sales numbers and various statistics from 2015 are coming in from the Canadian music industry (I have more links below), including who sold what in terms of vinyl.  Here’s the Top 20 for Canada.

  1. 25, Adele (6,200 copies–in just six weeks, too)
  2. 1989, Taylor Swift (6,000)
  3. X, Ed Sheeran (4,800)
  4. AM, Arctic Monkeys (3,800)
  5. In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (3,700)
  6. Abbey Road, Beatles (3,300–a perennial favourite)
  7. Hozier, Hozier (3,200)
  8. Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd  (3,200–another evergreen release)
  9. Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons (3,000)
  10. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (2,600–the recent series of reissues helped)
  11. Legend, Bob Marley & The Wailers (2,400–HIGHLY recommend)
  12. Kind Of Blue, Miles Davis (2,400–if you’re to own just one jazz album, this is it.)
  13. Nevermind, Nirvana (2,300)
  14. Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey (2,200–a mild surprise, if I’m honest.)
  15. If I Should Go Before You, City And Colour (2,200)
  16. Dream Your Life Away, Vance Joy (2,100)
  17. Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Various artists (2,100)
  18. Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey (2,100–another one?)
  19. Chronicles, Creedence Clearwater Revival (2,000–a great analogue recording)
  20. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beatles (2,000–everyone needs a copy)

Here’s the full report on what sold in Canada in 2015. And even more data for the country/




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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.


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4 Responses to What Were the Top Selling Vinyl Albums in Canada in 2015?

  1. Marty Murray says:

    Why are you so surprised that Lana Del Ray is such a big seller? Her music has a really cool 60’s vibe to it, and it also sounds like when you are stoned or drunk sometimes. I didn’t like her at first, but now enjoy her very much. Very well-produced music. I’m surprised that there is no Lorde in the top spots. She is another one I really enjoy.

  2. Saammy says:

    Of all the vinyl I bought this year, none of it is on this list. I’m so proud. I’m an outsider/outside of everything

  3. Marty Murray says:

    I have so much music that lately what I do is shop around for oldies I don’t have. My most recent vinyl purchases have been things like Ian & Sylvia, Symphonic Slam, and the Ugly Ducklings. I did get Scott Merritt’s latest, “If”, on vinyl though.

  4. I’ve got three on the list, Floyd, Zep and Beatles Srgt. Pepper.

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