hmv’s best-selling vinyl of 2016
Once again, 2016 has been a year in which vinyl is on the rise and there seems to be little standing in the way of its resurgence except for a shortage of production factories able to handle the ever-growing demand for the black wax.
There have been some cracking vinyl releases this year, but here are the 10 vinyl LPs that have sold more than any other in 2016…
10. Star Wars: A New Hope (Double Gold Vinyl Edition)
Sony Music CMG
With JJ Abrams’ new instalment in Georges Lucas’ much-loved space opera franchise arriving late last year and spin-off Rogue One about to hit cinemas in the UK, there has been plenty of interest in those iconic soundtracks by John Williams and this year has seen some stunning reissues, including this gold vinyl beauty featuring his score to the original 1977 film, which just edged it into out top 10 this year.
9. Metallica: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
Virgin EMI Records
The metal giants returned in 2016 with their first album in eight years, but they’ve made up for lost time by issuing a double album which lands them straight in at the No.9 spot for vinyl sales this year. It’s also available as both a double black vinyl and triple coloured vinyl version, both of which you can find in our online store.
8. Elvis Presley: The Wonder of You
Sony Music CMG
Even almost 40 years after his death, Elvis is still ‘The King’ and this album featuring Elvis alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was the eighth most popular album this year at hmv. The record is available on black vinyl and includes versions of hits like ‘Love Letters’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’.
7. Stranger Things Vol. 1
The first of two volumes featuring the music composed for the Duffer Brothers’ hit TV series by SURVIVE’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein is packed with atmospheric, synthesizer-powered tracks that really struck a chord with the show’s fans. A second volume arrived last month, but it’s the first one containing the show’s soon-to-be-iconic opening theme that has proved the biggest hit so far, working its way to the No. 7 spot on our bestsellers list.
6. Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Ride
If the 2014 debut album from indie-rock types Catfish and the Bottlemen was something a surprise hit that year, its 2016 follow-up has taken them into full-blown arena-filler territory, producing an album full of big chourses and catchy hooks. It won the band their first UK No.1 for sales on all formats and the vinyl edition alone has sold well enough to land their sophomore album at No. 6 on our list.
5. Kings of Leon: WALLS
With Kings of Leon returning this year, it’s no surprise to find their latest album WALLS in our top 5. By now the band are veterans when it comes to playing huge venues and they’re no strangers to shifting albums in huge numbers either. Containing sings like 'Waste A Moment’ and the title track ‘Walls’, this is another strong offering from the Followill clan.
4. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
Even after more than two decades on the scene, every new Radiohead album inspires a little excitement and this year’s A Moon Shaped Pool was no different, arriving this time with an eye-catching video that melds the friendly village of Trumpton with the rather more disturbing The Wicker Man. The vinyl version has been predictably popular and the Oxford five-piece find themselves at No. 4 on our bestsellers list this year.
3. The 1975: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Don't let the title put you off this superb second album from Manchester’s The 1975. For starters, the vinyl edition shows off the brilliant artwork in its best light, but it’s also an album full of shimmering pop tunes and slinky grooves that has more than earned its place in our top 3 this year.
2. Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome
They just don’t quit, do they? Mick Jagger and Co. might be well past retirement age, but with the Rolling Stones you just know that as long as their hearts still beat, so will Charlie Watts’ drums. Rumoured to be readying a brand new album for next year, The Stones have filled the gap neatly with this rollocking collection of blues covers that takes them right back to their early R&B days. It’s available on CD and in a nice box set too, but the vinyl version has outsold almost everything else on the format this year. Almost…
1. David Bowie: Blackstar
There was only ever going to be one album in the top spot on our vinyl bestsellers list this year, and it was always going to be this. Ever since the epic swansong from David Bowie arrived in February, shortly before his death, the beautifully die-cut vinyl version has rocketed off the shelves and out of the doors in our stores. Aside from being a marvellous piece of work in the musical sense, the design and attention to detail on this LP is everything you would expect from an artist as singular and exacting as David Bowie. It’s a thing of beauty in every sense, and it deserves to be top of the pile.