hmv's best-selling vinyl of 2017
With three months of the year already passed, the ongoing resurgence in vinyl sales shows no signs of slowing and with some big releases already hitting the shelves in store so far this year - and plenty more on the horizon - we rounded up 15 of the best-selling vinyl records in our stores this year...
15. Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden fans are renowned as some of the most fanatically loyal in the world and the announcement last week that the metal legends are due to reissue the remainder of their extensive back-catalogue on wax later this year has been met with a predictable surge in pre-orders. The new collection of vinyl is set to arrive in stores in three batches starting in May this year, kicking of with the earliest four albums in a collection that spans the latter half of the band's long career from 1990 onwards. The title track from the band's 1992 album Fear of the Dark remains a live favourite amongst the band's legion of fans and the newly-pressed vinyl edition will arrive on May 19th, the same day as the next album on our list.
14. Iron Maiden: No Prayer for the Dying
Along with Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden's 1990 album has also benefitted from a rush of pre-orders due to last week's announcement and is already amongst the best-selling vinyl so far this year. With all their studio albums due to be available on vinyl at once for the first time ever by the end of this summer, it's no surprise their fans are getting excited and voting with their wallets.
13. Gorillaz: Humanz
After many months and years of rumours surrounding the prospect of a from the 'virtual' band created by Damon Albarn and Tank Girl author Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz recently put and end to the speculation with the announcement that their new album Humanz is due to arrive on April 28th, going head-to-head with Kasabian in what looks set to be an intriguing race to the top of the UK Album Chart. The new album will feature a host of guest appearances from the likes of De La Soul, Vince Staples, Danny Brown and Grace Jones, to name a few, and given the fact that it has only taken a week for Humanz to get to No. 12 on our list of vinyl best-sellers, this is an album you can expect to find much higher up our vinyl chart later on this year.
12. Kasabian: For Crying Out Loud
The last of four albums on our list that haven't even landed on the shelves yet, but are being pre-ordered enough to launch them into our Top 15, Kasabian's sixth album is already proving to be hotly anticipated and after a strong start in the pre-order stakes you can probably expect the Leicester four-piece to find themselves higher up this list by the end of the summer after the album has dropped onto the shelves on April 28th.
11. The 1975: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it
The Manchester band followed up their eponymous debut last year with a triumphant return, channelling the likes of Duran Duran and delivering a sophomore album rammed with big, shimmering pop songs that deservedly picked up the 'best album' gong at this year's BRIT Awards. Forget the pretentious title, this is an LP well worth adding to your collection and as the 11th-biggest seller ion vinyl so far in 2017, plenty of hmv shoppers seem to agree.
10. The xx: I See You
The return of Jamie xx and co. earlier this year has proved to be a triumphant one for the indie-pop three-piece and their third album, I See You, arrived packaged in a stunning mirror sleeve and packed with excellent songs, including the album's lead-off single 'On Hold'. The follow-up to 2012's Coexist has performed well on vinyl and the group's third album edges itself into the Top 10 for sales so far this year.
9. Ed Sheeran: X
Ed Sheeran's latest album is still dominating the charts a couple of weeks on from its release, but his previous album, X, continues to shift units and the singer-songwriter's sophomore LP is still in our Top 10 in terms of vinyl sales. The album has benefitted from a resurgence in recent months as a result of the hype surrounding his third album, but it looks like a record that is some way from being finished with the charts yet.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy OST: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
As the world gears up for a sequel to Marvel's 2014 blockbuster, there won't be long to wait for a second instalment of the soundtrack inspired by Peter Quill's favourite mixtapes, but Volume 1 continues to be one of the most popular soundtracks at hmv stores and features classic tunes by a range of artists, from Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 to The Runaways and David Bowie.
7. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Fleetwood Mac are set to reissue one of their classic albums this week as a vinyl repress of their 1987 album Tango in the Night arrives in stores on March 31st, but it's Rumours, perhaps their best-known record, that continues to dominate amongst sales of their back-catalogue. The 35th Anniversary edition of their record-breaking masterpiece, first released in 1976, is a perennial best-seller and so far this year is the seventh most popular vinyl in our stores.
6. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
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It may have been 45 years since Pink Floyd released the album that is, arguably, their finest work, but the popularity of their seminal 1973 LP Dark Side of the Moon shows no sign of waning (no pun intended) and the reissued, remastered edition of the album that was released in 2011 is proving to be particularly popular, becoming the sixth best-selling vinyl at our stores in 2017 so far.
5. Rag 'n' Bone Man: Human
The hotly-tipped newcomer Rag 'n' Bone Man has already had a stellar start to the year with his impressive debut LP Human topping the charts, but the vinyl edition has proved particularly popular and the Sussex-born singer-songwriter has edge himself into the top five best-sellers in 2017 so far, making his debut album one of the biggest vinyl LPs at our stores in 2017. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Vince Staples and Kate Tempest, this is proving to be a very promising start to a career that has bags of potential.
4. David Bowie: Legacy – The Best of Bowie
David Bowie's final album Blackstar comfortably topped our list of vinyl best-sellers in 2016, but so far this year it's this double-LP greatest hits collection that is proving to be the most popular vinyl in his extensive catalogue. Released in January this year, the album features a cross section of classic tracks spanning the length of his illustrious career, from early hits like 'Space Oddity' to more recent gems such as 'Where Are We Now?' and 'Lazarus'.
3. Pulp Fiction OST
Great soundtracks have been a fixture of Quentin Tarantino's films ever since his breakthrough film Reservoir Dogs landed in 1992, but it's the selection of tunes featured in his 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction that have proved most popular and the soundtrack has continued to be one of our bestsellers this year, some two decades on from its original release. Featuring the likes of Dusty Springfield, Kool and the Gang, Al Green and the late, great Chuck Berry, this is an ever-popular vinyl that has proved to be the third most popular so far this year.
2. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
Want to feel old? Well, it's been more than a decade since Amy Winehouse released her second and final album Back to Black, but the late singer is an ever-present on our list of top-selling vinyl releases and the first three months of this year have seen plenty of copies of this Mark Ronson-produced classic fly off the shelves in our stores, making Back to Black the second-biggest seller in the vinyl section this year.
1. Ed Sheeran: ÷
This will probably come as no surprise to anyone who noticed that Ed Sheeran basically took over the charts with the release of his latest album, ÷, but here he is again at the top of our vinyl chart for this year, shifting more copies of his newest album on wax than any other vinyl release in 2017 so far. It remains to be seen if he stays on top for the rest of the year, but he's made a strong start and leads the pack at this stage by some distance.