The revival of ‘vinyl’ continued in 2017. Judging by the numbers, it’s clear people needed more Beatles records for their turntables. Two of the band’s classic albums took the top two spots on the year-end sales chart for the resurgent vinyl format.
Citing Nielsen data, Billboard reports that vinyl sales hit another peak in 2017, moving more than 14 million units and edging up 9 percent over last year’s previous high. That total represents the largest number of vinyl albums that’s been purchased in a year since 1991. The year saw healthy vinyl sales for a variety of acts. Nearly 80 albums in total moved more than 20,000 units. Of note, the top-selling titles tend to be skewed toward classic rock, which doesn’t come as a big surprise.
As mentioned, The Beatles took the top two spots, with ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ selling 72,000 copies and ‘Abbey Road’ close behind with 66,000 copies. Other popular titles included Pink Floyd’s perennial bestseller ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, joined on the list by long-running favorites like Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. Here’s the official list of the top ten best selling vinyl albums of 2017, according to Billboard.
1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 72,000 copies
2. The Beatles, Abbey Road – 66,000
3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – 62,000
4. Ed Sheeran, Divide – 62,000
5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black – 58,000
6. Prince, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) – 58,000
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend: The Best of… – 56,000
8. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon – 54,000
9. Soundtrack, La La Land – 49,000
10. Michael Jackson, Thriller – 49,000
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