Throwback Thursday: Must-have Vinyl Records To Add To Your Collection
Send yourself back in time and perfect your vinyl collection by snapping up some of our must-have records created by artists throughout the decades. From the classic rock hits of Joy Division and Fleetwood Mac to the more recent releases from the likes of pop sensations Billie Eilish and Kylie Minogue, no carefully curated shelf of vinyl records is complete without these musical masterpieces.
Despite new and ever-evolving audio technology, record players have earned their place in the bedrooms, living rooms, and dining spaces of many homes across the world. Regardless of whether you prefer the omni-dimensional sound of a record player or you love collecting vinyl records, why not join us as we check out some of the best-selling vinyl records of all time that you simply need next to your home record player?
One of the best-selling vinyl records of 2020, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by the legendary Liverpudlian rock band, The Beatles, brings back the psychedelic nostalgia of the sixties. Heralded as one of the best-selling albums of its time, it spent a whopping 27 weeks at number one on the Rock Retailer chart in the UK and an equally impressive 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the US. Often considered a ‘defining moment’ in 1960s pop culture, kickstarting the infamous Summer of Love, this unmissable vinyl is the ultimate addition to any record lover’s collection. The combination of groundbreaking music and lyrics, alongside high art graphic design, cemented its legacy in the music world, so it’s unsurprising that it’s once again high up in the LP charts.
Formed in 1957, The Beatles have seen unprecedented international success, bolstered by a cult following that still stands firm today. Among their renowned discography includes ‘Abbey Road’ with that iconic album cover, which includes fan-favourites such as ‘Come Together’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Released towards the end of the sixties, Abbey Road was ranked fifth in Rolling Stones’ list of the 500 greatest albums of all time last year, serving as testament to its timeless success.
Released in 1977, Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, ‘Rumours’, has now achieved the illustrious title of the best-selling vinyl album of 2020. Built on a foundation of hedonism and scandal, this ultimate album has been remastered to celebrate 35 years since its original release. Created by the British-American rock band synonymous with in-fighting, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John and Christine McVie captivated listeners with the raw honesty of ‘Go Your Own Way’ and the uplifting beat of ‘Don’t Stop’.
If the personal anthems of Fleetwood Mac don’t appeal to you, why not explore the classic rock hits of Queen? Bagging position seven in 2020’s list of top-selling vinyl albums, it’s clear that their ‘Greatest Hits’ record still holds a fond place in the hearts of many unwavering Queen-fanatics. Featuring those unforgettable tracks such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Killer Queen’ penned and sung by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury, this hugely-popular album is the must-have addition to any vinyl collection - regardless of whether you’re a Queen fan or not!
When it comes to best selling records, who could forget Joy Division? Snapping up three impressive spots in the top ten best selling vinyl singles of 2020 with ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, ‘Atmosphere’, and ‘Transmission’, your record player will be spoilt for choice! Paramount to shaping the alternative music genre, these sought-after vinyl singles showcase the incredible talent contained within this magnificent Manchester quartet.
If you’d rather own a Joy Division vinyl album as opposed to three separate singles, Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ vinyl record and atmospheric ‘Unknown Pleasures’ debut studio album also feature on 2020’s list of top 40 best selling vinyl records in the album section. The 2007 remastered version of ‘Unknown Pleasures’ boasts ‘Shadowplay’, ‘Disorder’ and ‘Candidate’ - to name just a few worthwhile tracks included on this vinyl masterpiece.
Despite not having an album of their own make it onto the 2020’s best selling vinyl albums, a grand total of five individual New Order record singles are featured in the separate top 40 singles category. This incredibly impressive feat is an ode to New Order’s astounding influence on music that’s been prevalent since their heyday in the 1990's and continues to have an effect on dedicated music-lovers across the globe.
Indeed, ‘Be A Rebel’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Turn The Heater On’, ‘Thieves Like Us’ and ‘Murder’ all find a spot on this respected list of best-selling records in 2020. Formed after the demise of Joy Division in the 1980’s, they soared to the height of their popularity in the early 1990’s with their only number 1 single in the UK ‘World In Motion’ and are still (evidently) incredibly desirable in the wonderful world of vinyl record collections to this day.
Boasting 22 consecutive UK top 10 hits between 1994 to 2008, it’s no wonder that Oasis, particularly brothers Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, can all celebrate this fantastic achievement. That’s right, ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ by Oasis has managed to bag second position when it comes to the best-selling vinyl albums of 2020, while Liam Gallagher’s ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’ grasps pole position in the singles category.
In stark contrast to Oasis’ Britpop music style, the late Amy Winehouse also became immensely popular during the 2000s too, thanks to her deep, expressive vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres, including blues, jazz, and soul. As a result, her emotional album ‘Back To Black’ is the third best-selling vinyl album of 2020 and should hold a special place on the shelves of every avid vinyl collector’s assemblage.
Inspired by the legendary James Bond soundtrack, Billie Eilish’s cover of ‘No Time To Die’ has leapt up to position five in the top 40 best-selling vinyl singles of 2020. Guided by the world's most famous living film composer, Hans Zimmer, this cover is a powerful musical masterpiece that’ll make you want to break out those classic (and more recent) James Bond films for an action-packed movie marathon.
Plus, this young and incredibly talented singer-songwriter has even seen her album, ‘When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go’ climb to the prestigious position of 14th in 2020’s list of top-selling vinyl albums. It includes popular tracks such as ‘Bad Guy’, ‘When The Party’s Over’ and ‘My Strange Addiction’. A relatively fresh new face in the music industry, Billie is certainly already making her mark with these hit dark pop vinyl releases!
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Looking to the future, global singer-songwriter and the highest-selling female Australian artist of all time, Kylie Minogue, is already off to a brilliant start as her 2020 album ‘Disco’ is sitting at position six of 2020’s top 40 best-selling vinyl records. Plus, an individual track from this album, ‘Say Something’, is also featured on the top 40 top-selling vinyl singles of the same year, giving her a promising start to the 2020 decade.
No matter which new artists, genres or albums the decade of 2020 brings with it, it’s clear that some of the most popular vinyl records just never get old. With no sign of our love for records of the vinyl variety wavering any time soon, it looks like record players and the top hits that come with them are here to stay. So, why not upgrade your current music collection with some of the best selling vinyl records of all time? You know you want to!
Of course, vinyl records sound their best on a dynamic, Hi-Fi setup. In the wake of the vinyl revival, audio manufacturers all over the world have shifted their focus to old-school systems, blending the old with the new to create the ultimate listening experience possible. Looking to update your record player but don’t know where to start? We’ve written a variety of guides to help you make the perfect choice for your needs, home, and budget. With so many new features, functions, and additional extras to explore, your vinyl collection will never sound so good!