Following the launch of the first ever vinyl charts, collecting the top-selling singles and albums on the resurgent format, the Official Charts Company have named the top selling vinyl album and single of the decade.
Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’, released in 2013, is the top selling vinyl album, followed by Radiohead’s ‘The King Of Limbs’, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’.
Meanwhile, David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’, released as a picture disc to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013, is the top-selling vinyl single of the decade. It’s followed by ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’, Paul Weller’s ‘No Tears To Cry’/’Wake Up The Nation’ and Morrissey’s ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’. Of the top five singles, only two – ‘Telephone’ and Weller’s double A-side release, were new this decade.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were yesterday revealed to be behind both the biggest selling vinyl album and single so far this year (2015), with the ‘Chasing Yesterday’ LP and single ‘The Ballad Of Mighty I’.
The new vinyl charts will be published every Sunday at 7pm. They were created in response to rising vinyl sales over the past decade, and following the news that in 2014 vinyl sales figures hit a 20-year high. That trend has continued into the first quarter of 2015, with vinyl album sales up 69 per cent and vinyl single sales up 23 per cent.
In the first Official Vinyl Singles Chart, Underworld’s tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles, ‘Baby Wants To Ride’, yesterday took the Number One position. Credited as Underworld Vs Heller & Farley, the single is also raising proceeds for the Frankie Knuckles Trust and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Underworld’s Karl Hyde said of the chart victory: “We’re honoured to be Number 1 in the UK’s first Official Vinyl Singles Chart. Vinyl has always been a hugely important part of what we do as Underworld. We started out selling 12″s of our records from the back of a car; it’s still our format of choice when buying music and it’s fantastic that it’s undergoing such a resurgence.”