Official Biggest Vinyl Singles and Albums of 2015 revealed

It was a big year for the retro black plastic – we reveal the top selling vinyl acts and titles of 2015.

Official Biggest Vinyl Singles and Albums of 2015 revealed

Vinyl showed it wasn't going anywhere in 2015, with events like Record Store Day, and a new generation of rock fans falling in love with the format, giving the sacred black plastic its eighth consecutive year of growth in the UK, the BPI has announced

Vinyl really was the gift that kept giving, with music retailer HMV selling a turntable a minute over the festive period and strong Christmas gifting taking sales of vinyl records in 2015 up a whopping 64% on the previous year. The musos’ favourite format sold 2.1 million LPs, 800,000 more than in 2014.

Rock artists like Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys, plus heritage acts like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, have contributed to vinyl's resurgence, but they were kept from topping the year-end chart by two British female powerhouses.

The biggest selling vinyl title was Adele's 25, which broke chart records here there and everywhere following its release in late 2015, becoming the fastest album to reach both one million and two sales, hitting each milestone after 10 and 29 days respectively.

MORE: Adele's 25 becomes the fastest selling 2 million-selling album in UK chart history

A documentary on the life of the late great Amy Winehouse helped the star's second album Back To Black take runner-up position on the year-end vinyl rundown, with the Stone Roses' 1989 self-titled debut and Ed Sheeran's x following behind.

Click to expand the BPI's infographic below, which summarises the highlights of music in 2015:

Over on the vinyl singles countdown, it was a good year for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and David Bowie, while Sam Smith's record-breaking Writing's On The Wall - the first Bond theme to top the Official Singles Chart - and Mark Ronson's megahit Uptown Funk both make a showing.

Such was vinyl’s regained popularity that the Official Charts Company launched two new charts named – yes, you’ve guessed it – the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and the Official Vinyl Singles Chart.

The Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl albums of 2015

  TITLE ARTIST
1 25 ADELE
2 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
3 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
4 X ED SHEERAN
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
6 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
7 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
8 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
9 CHASING YESTERDAY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
10 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
11 ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE JEFF LYNNE'S ELO
12 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY
13 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
14 IN COLOUR JAMIE XX
15 PHYSICAL GRAFFITI LED ZEPPELIN
16 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
17 PULP FICTION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
18 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
19 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS
20 CARRIE & LOWELL SUFJAN STEVENS
21 RATTLE THAT LOCK DAVID GILMOUR
22 WHAT WENT DOWN FOALS
23 CURRENTS TAME IMPALA
24 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
25 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
26 MUSIC COMPLETE NEW ORDER
27 THE BOOK OF SOULS IRON MAIDEN
28 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
29 THE MAGIC WHIP BLUR
30 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
31 HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
32 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
33 WILDER MIND MUMFORD & SONS
34 THE RACE FOR SPACE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
35 DRONES MUSE
36 LED ZEPPELIN 2 LED ZEPPELIN
37 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN
38 I LOVE YOU HONEYBEAR FATHER JOHN MISTY
39 IF I CAN DREAM ELVIS PRESLEY
40 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY

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And the Official Top 20 biggest selling vinyl singles of 2015:

1 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 RIVERMAN NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
3 LOCK ALL THE DOORS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
4 BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
5 Y'ALL DOOMED BLUR
6 YOUNG AMERICANS DAVID BOWIE
7 CHANGES DAVID BOWIE
8 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
9 FAME DAVID BOWIE
10 SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE
11 SATURNS PATTERN PAUL WELLER
12 WRITING'S ON THE WALL SAM SMITH
13 LIKE A ROLLING STONE BOB DYLAN
14 GOLDEN YEARS DAVID BOWIE
15 SIDE BY SIDE - KINGDOM COME DAVID BOWIE/TOM VERLAINE
16 GOING MY WAY PAUL WELLER
17 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
18 HAPPY SONG BRING ME THE HORIZON
19 SEX 1975
20 I'M WHERE I SHOULD BE PAUL WELLER

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