November 17, 2015

hmv presents: Essential Vinyl for 2015
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 17/11/2015

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hmv presents: Essential Vinyl for 2015

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last three years you'll know that vinyl is back in a very big way. A vinyl revival is gaining pace as more and more musicians choose to put their work on record. In 2014, UK vinyl sales topped more than one million for the first time since 1996.

If you’re looking to buy vinyl online, good news… you can find a range of vinyl in-store and online here at hmv.com, and, in honour of that, we thought we'd round up 15 of our best-selling LPs to get for your loved ones (or yourself, we don't mind...) this year...

 

Looking for more on vinyl records? Visit our #LoveVinyl page for the latest news and features...

25

Adele - 25

Also available on CD and Digital Download

It's been a long-time coming, but Adele's 25 has turned out to be more than worth the wait. From the opening notes of 'Hello' to the closing sweep of 'Sweetest Devotion', this album is utterly captivating. 

Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe

Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe

Also available on CD and Digital Download

Back after 14 years away, but with his childlike wonder and love of big, hummable pop songs still burning as brightly as ever, this is vintage Jeff Lynne and a must for any fan of his work with ELO and beyond. 

A Head Full Of Dreams

Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams

Also available on CD and Digital Download

Coldplay are back and they've brought with them a big, day-glo, life-affirming pop record. Enjoy. 

 

Rattle That Lock

David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock

Also available on CD and Digital Download

It's only been out for a couple of months, but the Pink Floyd's axeman's latest solo offering has garned rave reviews and stands up next to anything in his band's back catalogue. 

Nevermind

Nirvana - Nevermind

Also available on CD and Digital Download

There are great records and then there are records that change the course of music history and inspire generations, this is one of the latter. An absolute must-own LP. 

AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Also available on CD and Digital Download

Few bands wait until their fifth album to unveil their finest hour, but that's exactly what the Arctic Monkeys did with AM. From the warm opening thump of 'Do I Wanna Know?' to the mesmeric 'I Wanna Be Yours', this is a modern masterpiece and deserves to be heard from beginning to end, over and over again. 

Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

Also available on CD and Digital Download

The former Oasis man continues to make life as a solo artist look ridiculously easy with his second full-length solo effort. Chock full of huge choruses and Gallagher's trademark swagger, this is one of 2015's best and well worth investing in. 

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Also available on CD and Digital Download

Debut albums don't get much better than this. The Manchester indie legends' iconic 1989 debut LP is practically a greatest hits in itself with so many big tunes like 'She Bangs The Drums', 'Waterfall' and the colossal 'I Am The Resurrection'. It's an absolute must. 

You know that crackle that opens 'I Wanna Be Adored'? It sounds particularly spine-tingling on vinyl...

Back To Black

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Also available on CD and Digital Download

Back To Black is Amy Winehouse's masterpiece and one of the finest albums in recent history. Marrying lyrics that are as tear-soaked and gritty as any of the jazz greats with luscious instrumentation and soaring melodies, this is an album that everyone simply needs to own. Ideally on vinyl. 

The Dark Side Of The Moon

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

Also available on CD and Digital Download

It's been over 40 years since this psychedelic masterpiece was first released, but it still sounds as vibrant and challenging as the day it hit shelves for the first time. From the shimmering opener 'Speak To Me' to the gentle closer 'Eclipse', this album doesn't have a wasted second, so whether you've yet to invest in it or you're looking for the definitive version, they're both here for you. 

Chaos and the Calm

James Bay - Chaos and the Calm

Also available on CD and Digital Download

The be-hatted troubadour has had a year to remember and it's easy to hear why, get his debut album now. 

1989

Taylor Swift - 1989

Also available on CD and Digital Download

The singer's finest work to date, presented on a luscious LP. 

Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

Also available on CD

Whether you're a long-time fan or the movie has piqued your interest, the LA rap collective's firebrand debut is an essential purchase. 

X

Ed Sheeran - X

Also available on CD and Digital Download

This album has seen the singer-songwriter move from household name to global superstar, get it on glorious vinyl now. 

Royal Blood

Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Also available on CD and Digital Download

The powerhouse duo's debut album blew the doors off 2014 and sounds even better on vinyl!