These were the best-selling vinyl albums of 2018

Vinyl profits are at a 25 year high, but growth has plateaued

The best-selling vinyl albums of 2018 have been revealed, packed with a mix of new releases, classics and movie soundtracks. See the top 20 below.

According to the Official Charts Company, the top spot was claimed by Arctic Monkeys‘ acclaimed sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘, which has shifted 38,000 copies on vinyl since release – having previously been named as the fastest-selling vinyl of the last 25 years.

Arctic Monkeys' 'Tranquility Base & Hotel'
Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Tranquility Base & Hotel’


Predictably, the huge success of The Greatest Showman soundtrack also makes a high appearance at number two, which shifted 32,300 copies on wax. Completing the top five are Fleetwood Mac‘s classic ‘Rumours’ (32,000 copies), Queen‘s ‘Greatest Hits’ (31,500 copies), the seminal ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ by Pink Floyd (26,000).

In the top 20, the only other new from 2018 studio albums to make an appearance are George Ezra‘s ‘Staying At Tamara’s‘ at number six, and The 1975‘s third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘ – which was named as NME’s Best Album of 2018. The rest of the top 20 is completed by compilation albums, soundtracks, old classics and albums from recent years.

See the top 20 best-selling vinyl albums of 2018 below, and check out the full top 40 here.

1. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
2. The Greatest Showman OST
3. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’
4. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits’
5. Pink Floyd – ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’
6. George Ezra – ‘Staying At Tamara’s’
7. Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
8. Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’
9. David Bowie – ‘Legacy’
10. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’
11. Jeff Wayne – ‘The War Of The Worlds’
12. Guardians Of The Galaxy, Awesome Mix 1 OST
13. The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’
14. Ed Sheeran – ‘Divide’
15. Guardians Of The Galaxy, Awesome Mix 2 OST
16. Bob Marley & The Wailers – ‘Legend’
17. The Beatles – ‘The Beatles’
18. Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
19. Oasis – ‘Definitely Maybe’
20. The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’

As the BBC reports, vinyl sales appeared to have relatively plateaued, achieving a sales growth of just 1.6% last year – lower than previous years. Overall,  4.2 million vinyl albums were in the UK last year, which did create the biggest net gross in the format over 25 years.


“I don’t buy it that physical music is necessarily competing with streams,” said Banquet Records‘ Jon Tolley. “We all access music and film on the internet, and that’s fine and healthy and valid, but you wouldn’t look at the Mona Lisa on your phone and think it’s the same thing as going to see it in a gallery.”

He added: “The reason vinyl sales are at a 25-year high is because people are rejecting this part of modern society where everything is immediate and nothing means anything.”

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