2018’s Top-Selling Vinyl Albums & Singles: Amy Winehouse, Prince, A Porg & More


Vinyl music gross sales within the U.S. proceed to make a comeback, as Nielsen Music studies that vinyl album gross sales rose for the 13th consecutive yr in 2018. Vinyl album gross sales grew 14.6 % in 2018, as in comparison with 2017, rising to 16.eight million copies offered -- a brand new one-year Nielsen Era document. (Nielsen started monitoring music gross sales in 1991.)

The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack completed the yr because the top-selling LP, with 84,000 copies offered (see high 10 listing, beneath). The yr’s high 10 sellers are dominated by older releases and traditional titles. The youngest title within the high 10 is Panic! on the Disco’s June 2018 launch Pray for the Wicked, which closed out the yr because the No. 10 vendor, with 59,000 copies offered. The subsequent two youngest releases within the high 10 are the Guardians album (issued in August 2014) and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (March 2007).

Notably, the highest 10 promoting vinyl LPs of 2018 additionally comprise seven former No. 1s on the weekly Billboard 200 chart: Guardians, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Prince and The Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Panic!’s Pray.

RankArtist, TitleSales
1Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 184,000
2Michael Jackson, Thriller84,000
threeFleetwood Mac, Rumours77,000
fourThe Beatles, Abbey Road76,000
5Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack)71,000
6Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon67,000
7Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of…61,000
eightQueen, Greatest Hits60,000
9Amy Winehouse, Back to Black59,000
10Panic! on the Disco, Pray for the Wicked59,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 via Jan. three, 2019.

As for the highest 10 promoting vinyl singles of 2018 (see high 10 listing, beneath), they embody a bevy of legends, together with … a porg. (More on the porg in a only a second.)

The best-selling vinyl single of the yr is The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” 7-inch image disc, with 10,000 copies offered. The title was launched on July 6, 2018, to have fun the 50th anniversary of the one and its guardian movie of the identical identify. The new image disc’s B-side is “Eleanor Rigby,” simply because it was for the unique 7-inch plain black vinyl single launch in 1968.

Other acts among the many high 10 embody Prince, along with his authentic tackle “Nothing Compares 2 U” on 7-inch vinyl, Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” / “Friends” on 7-inch yellow vinyl and Chris Cornell’s “When Bad Does Good” on 7-inch vinyl. Many of the yr’s greatest promoting vinyl singles (together with the Led Zep and Cornell choices) had been had been launched in affiliation with Record Store Day, or, Record Store Day Black Friday initiatives.

Closing out the highest 10 promoting vinyl singles: John Williams’ “The Rebellion Is Reborn,” backed with “Canto Bight,” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The 10-inch single was launched by Walt Disney Records and pressed on a porg-shaped picture disc. (A porg is wide-eyed, “flat-muzzled an” (per StarWars.com) creature that made its debut in The Last Jedi.)

RankArtist, TitleSales
1The Beatles, "Yellow Submarine"10,000
2Prince, "Nothing Compares 2 U"9,000
threeLed Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll"/"Friends"eight,000
fourSleep, "Leagues Beneath"5,000
5Chris Cornell, "When Bad Does Good"four,000
6David Bowie, "Let's Dance" (Full Length Demo)four,000
7Paul McCartney, "I Don't Know"/"Come On To Me"four,000
eightU2, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"three,000
9The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"three,000
10John Williams, "The Rebellion Is Reborn"three,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 via Jan. three, 2019.