According to Nielsen, The Beatles account for the top two vinyl sellers of 2017, led by the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s. The album went through the anniversary this year, getting reissued in a variety of formats, including a 2xLP deluxe black vinyl set, a picture disc and a 2017 stereo mix single LP. They don’t specify if the 72,000 unit total was a single version, but I’d guess it’s all combined.
In second was the typical mainstay, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, with 66,000 units, and in third was the incredibly resilient Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (the soundtrack to the now, years-old Guardians of the Galaxy). That accounted for 62,000 units. What’s even more amazing about that one is they released a Vol. 2 this year! And somehow we’re still buying the first one.
You can see the rest below.
— Amy Winehouse: Back To Black (58,000)
— Prince: Purple Rain (58,000)
— Bob Marley and the Wailers — Legend: The Best Of (49,000)
— Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (54,000)
— La La Land Soundtrack (49,000)
— Michael Jackson: Thriller (49,000)
The Billboard article also states that vinyl hit 14.32 million units total in 2017, which is up 9 percent from 2016 (13.1 million).
All three of the top sellers from 2016 dropped off the top 10 (Twenty One Pilots, David Bowie, Adele). The rock genre accounted for 67 percent of all vinyl sales. LP sales were 14 percent of all physical album sales in 2017.