No stranger to vinyl sales in the past, 2019 sees Queen top the list of best selling artists on vinyl for the year 2019.
Helped by 2018’s Queen-based movie Bohemian Rhapsody featuring Raimi Malek as the band’s titular frontman, Freddie Mercury, sales for Queen’s back-catalogue skyrocketed in 2019. According to the UK’s British Phonographic Industry Queen sold over 75,000 vinyl records in 2019, beating the likes of fellow legendary Brits, The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd to the top spot.
Billie Eilish was the only new artist to enter the list at a respectable 7th place, thanks to the huge success of her debut LP When We all Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go. The record has been adopted by many vinyl fans old and new, with what seems to be, in many cases, the younger generation getting more into vinyl and vinyl parents feeding off their kids music tastes by adopting the new music and enjoying records together. Ahhh, how sweet.
If we look at the top vinyl titles of 2019, we see Liam Gallagher sitting pretty at the summit with his most recent record Why Me? Why Not. Queen, this time, are at number 4 with their greatest hits record.
With vinyl sales growing every year since 2008, when the figures for 2020 are eventually compiled next year, it’s likely to be a different story. 2020 has seen a huge fire at the Apollo Masters manufacturing plant in California lessen vinyl production, as well as the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic that is also likely to be damaging to vinyl sales and production.
You can view both lists of vinyl sales for 2019 in full below:
Top Selling Vinyl Artists of 2019:
- The Beatles
- David Bowie
- Pink Floyd
- Fleetwood Mac
- Billie Eilish
- Liam Gallagher
- Arctic Monkeys
Top Selling Vinyl Titles of 2019
- Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not.
- Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
- Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
- Queen – Greatest Hits
- The Beatles – Abbey Road
- Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
- Pink Floyd – The Dark Side OF The Moon
- Oasis – Definitely, Maybe
- Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
- David Bowie – Legacy