Skip to main content

4.1 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2017

The high-water mark since 1991…

4.1 million vinyl records were sold in the UK during 2017, reports BPI. That tops all sales marks dating back to 1991.

While vinyl sales continue to climb toward pre-digital-era heights, they still only account for 3% of all music consumed.

Additionally, the vinyl resurgence hasn’t meant a boon for new or emerging artists. 14 of the top 20 vinyl records of 2017 were reissues, with Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ landing within the top 5 for a third consecutive year.

In total, the top 20 vinyl albums sold in the UK during 2017 is comprised of two Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks, a fondness for ‘90s alt-rock, ongoing love for the Gallagher brothers, the classics from rock and pop’s legends and more contemporary adulation for Rag’N’Bone Man and Ed Sheeran.

The influx of demand resulted in some major delays in vinyl production during 2017. You can explore the world’s best record shops here.     

Check out the complete list below and see how your collection ranks.

Top 20 vinyl albums sold in the UK in 2017: 

1. Ed Sheeran – 'Divide'
2. Liam Gallagher – 'As You Were'
3. Fleetwood Mac – 'Rumours'
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy – 'Awesome Mix 1 Original Soundtrack'
5. Amy Winehouse – 'Back To Black'
6. Rag’N’Bone Man – 'Human'
7. Pink Floyd – 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'
8. Beatles – 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'
9. Oasis – 'What’s The Story Morning Glory'
10. David Bowie – 'Legacy'
11. Radiohead – 'OK Computer'
12. Bob Marley & The Wailers – 'Legend'
13. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying – 'Who Built The Moon'
14. Stone Roses – 'The Stone Roses'
15. Nirvana – 'Nevermind'
16. Beatles – 'Abbey Road'
17. Queen – 'Greatest Hits'
18. Nirvana – 'Unplugged in New York'
19. Guardians Of The Galaxy – 'Awesome Mix 2' Original Soundtrack
20. David Bowie – 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust'