hmv's Top 10 Best-Selling Vinyl Albums
The vinyl revival is in full swing and we estimate that an incredible 1.5 million LPs will be sold in hmv stores in 2016, the biggest since 1997. Here are hmv’s current best-selling LPs, demonstrating the varied flavour of the nation’s vinyl appetite...
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The seventh explosive instalment from the Scottish trio packs a punch in true Biffy fashion, with the intense guitar and big vocals of ‘Wolves of Winter’, but also captures the bands more heartfelt side, with the likes of ‘Re-arrange’.
9. A Moon Shaped Pool
British powerhouse, Radiohead, smashed it out of the park once again with their ninth LP offering. A Moon Shaped Pool is a symphonic rollercoaster of a record, which will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up on end – a more than worthy contribution to the group’s critically acclaimed catalogue.
AM is the fifth instalment from Sheffield’s finest. True to form, the album garnered critical acclaim and won Best British Album at the 2014 BRIT awards. The LP features an eclectic mix of music genres, drawing upon everything from psychedelic rock to hip-hop and is the one of the highest performing vinyl albums of the decade.
7. The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses is the essential debut album from the original boys from Madchester. Packing such heat as the euphoric ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and the whimsical ‘Waterfall’, it was voted the second greatest LP of all time in the ‘Music of the Millennium’ poll in 1997.
As one of the best-selling albums of all-time, Rumours is the pivotal Fleetwood Mac LP and each track is a classic in itself. The closing riff of ‘The Chain’ went on to form the opening theme tune for the BBC’s Formula 1 racing coverage. ‘Dreams’ took the US chart’s top spot in 1977, with over one million copies sold, it was covered by The Corrs in 1998 and even spawned a popular house remix from electronic music duo Deep Dish in 2005.
5. I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
The ambitious chart-topping second album from the British alt-rock band, the lengthily named, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, features an eclectic mix of musical genres – unsurprising given that frontman Matthew Healy has cited Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, and Michael Jackson as the band’s main influences.
4. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Taking the 46th spot in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time – Legend is truly the ultimate Bob Marley compilation. Featuring such classics as 'No Woman No Cry' and ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, it would be nothing short of a travesty to listen to these tracks in anything other than their original vinyl format.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
This Grammy Award nominated soundtrack gracefully complemented 2014’s award winning super hero flick Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring classics such as s as ‘I Want You Back’ by The Jackson Five and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, interspersed with some less familiar tracks from the likes of David Bowie and Elvin Bishop, Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 has quickly become the party vinyl of choice for many people.
2. Back to Black
The critically acclaimed second studio album from the late Amy Winehouse ranks number 2 in our list. Co-produced by her close friend Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi and featuring the singles 'Rehab', 'You Know I'm No Good', 'Back to Black', 'Tears Dry On Their Own' and 'Love Is a Losing Game', Back to Black epitomised Winehouse’s affinity for song writing and her moving vocal style.
Blackstar is the late, great David Bowie’s 28th studio album and his first since stunning the world in 2013 with the critically acclaimed The Next Day. The release date for Blackstar coincided with David’s birthday, with the album’s title track as the first single.