Vinyl made a comeback years ago, and the format is proving to have staying power. According to Nielsen Music’s year-end report, vinyl now represents 26% of all physical album sales with 18.8 million units sold in 2019. That’s compared to 54.8 million CDs.
Vinyl remains especially popular with the classic rock crowd. The only 2019 album to appear on last year’s vinyl sales chart is Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? And Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die is the only 2010s album to appear on the end of decade chart. The lone exception is Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which is filled with songs from the 60s and 70s.
The top spot on both charts belongs to The Beatles. Their 1969 classic Abbey Road, which got a massive box set reissue last year, sold 246,000 vinyl copies in 2019 and 558,000 vinyl copies in the 2010s.
Other classic rock favorites like Queen, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac dominate the list along with The Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Miles Davis.
TOP 10 VINYL ALBUM SALES OF 2019
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road - 246,000
2. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - 176,000
3. Queen - Greatest Hits 1 - 139,000
4. Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 - 123,000
5. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) - 108,000
6. The Beach Boys - Sounds Of Summer: Very Best Of - 107,000
7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon - 92,000
8. Michael Jackson - Thriller - 88,000
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend - 84,000
10. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 78,000
TOP 10 VINYL ALBUM SALES OF THE 2010s
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road - 558,000
2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon - 376,000
3. Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 - 367,000
4. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend - 364,000
5. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black - 351,000
6. Michael Jackson - Thriller - 334,000
7. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 313,000
8. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 304,000
9. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue - 286,000
10. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die - 283,000