The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and other classic rock acts helped boost vinyl sales by 15 percent during 2018, Nielsen Music reported, as the traditional format set more records since the organization tracking began in 1991.
The Beatles were the best-selling act on vinyl, with three albums – Abbey Road, the White Album and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band all in the Top 15. That gave them a total of 321,000 sales, followed by Pink Floyd, Bowie, Panic! At the Disco and Fleewood Mac. The top-selling artists list can also be seen below.
Neilsen’s figures (via Billboard) showed that 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold during the year, an increase of 14.6 percent, the highest figure of the era and the 13th consecutive year of growth. Vinyl represented 11.9 percent of all album sales, which totaled 141 million – a 6.5 percent increase in representation. Vinyl sales also totaled 19.1 percent of all physical album sales, up 14 percent.
The percentage increases were partially caused by the continuing downturn in physical sales in general, which totaled 88 million, down 15.8 percent, while CDs totaled 70.7 million, down 20.9 percent. Digital album sales were also down, however, a 20.7 percent drop to 53.4 million.
Top 10 Selling Vinyl Albums of 20181. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (84,000)2. Michael Jackson, Thriller (84,000)3. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (77,000)4. The Beatles, Abbey Road (76,000)5. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (71,000)6. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (67,000)7. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of … (61,000)8. Queen, Greatest Hits (60,000)9. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (59,000)10. Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked (59,000)
Best-Selling Artists on Vinyl of 20181. The Beatles (321,000)2. Pink Floyd (177,000)3. David Bowie (150,000)4. Pani! At the Disco (148,000)5. Fleetwood Mac (139,000)6. Led Zeppelin (138,000)7. Michael Jackson (131,000)8. Jimi Hendrix (119,000)9. Metallica (116,000)10. Queen (113,000)!!