The 10 Top-Selling Vinyl Albums of 2013…


So, vinyl is popular… but what records are people actually buying? Here are the top selling vinyl albums in the US for 2013 based on Nielsen Soundscan data.  Just for context, the top selling album sold 49,000 units.


Interestingly, #5 was released in 2010 and #7 was released in 2008.

1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

4. Mumford & Sons – Babel

5. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

6. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

7. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

8. Lumineers – Lumineers

9. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

10. Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience

10 Responses

  1. FarePlay

    Speaking of older releases. Surprised Abby Road, Dark Side of the Moon, Bob Marley, led Zep and the Doors aren’t on here.

    And you can bet turntables will be selling when Zeppelin re-releases their first 3 albums later this year. Sounds like a bundle to me.

    • GGG

      I would imagine anything that was released on vinyl before like 10 years ago is bought second hand 9 times out of 10 so it sort of skews apparent demand. I’d agree with your inclination that they are more sought after, so if we were to magically find out how many times something changed hands, I’d bet more people acquired a copy of all those examples than bought most, if not all, of this list. Also have to think a big portion of my gen’s collections comes from ransacking parents’ collections.

  2. Edward Jennings

    The price of vinyl has risen from $10 to $13 to between $20 to $30, a significant increase. The profit margin is fat for vinyl. Record companies are gouging vinyl buyers.


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