Vinyl records back on track with record sales to beat lockdown blues

Vinyl sales surged in 2020 as music lovers boost their collections and beat the lockdown blues – with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours taking the top spot.

According to new figures released by record labels’ association the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) using Official Charts Company data showed that alongside continued growth in streaming, which now accounts for around 80% of UK music consumption, sales of vinyl LPs, as well as audio cassettes surged ahead in 2020.

Almost 5 million (4.8m) LPs were purchased in the UK over the past 12 months – a leap of nearly a tenth on sales in 2019 and a 13thconsecutive year of growth since 2007.

Vinyl LPs now account for nearly 1 in 5 of all albums purchased (18%) and are at their highest level since the early nineties. Vinyl generates almost twice as much in industry revenues as music video streaming platforms, such as YouTube, despite the tens of billions of videos watched every year.

The best-selling vinyl LPs of 2020 were:

  1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  2. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
  3. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  4. Nirvana – Nevermind
  5. Harry Styles – Fine Line
  6. Kylie Minogue – Disco
  7. AC/DC – Power Up
  8. Queen – Greatest Hits
  9. Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  10. IDLES – Ultra Mono

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize, said:  “In a year when all our lives have changed, music’s power to inspire has never been more evident. The immediacy and convenience of streaming make it the go-to audio format for most of our listening, but more and more fans choose to get closer to their favourite artists and albums on vinyl.

“It’s remarkable that LP and audio tape sales should have risen at all given the challenges we’ve all faced. The surge in sales despite retail closures demonstrates the timeless appeal of collectable physical formats alongside the seamless connectivity of streaming.”



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