The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums and singles of 2018 so far

Vinyl collectors have been snapping up a mix of classic records and brand new releases this year.

Fans still can’t get enough of the old-school black plastic, with a mix of both classic records and brand new releases on vinyl this year making an impact, as OfficialCharts.com reveals the biggest sellers of 2018 so far.

Heading up the vinyl countdown at this halfway stage if the year is the latest album from Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The group’s sixth straight Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, which was the fastest-selling vinyl album of the last 25 years, is way ahead of its nearest rival, previous leader Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic Rumours, notching up 30,000 sales on vinyl. Read our 40th anniversary review of the album here.


Fleetwood Mac's 35th anniversary reissue of Rumours (credit: Music Direct)

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of Moon, first released in 1973, is at 3, while the chart behemoth that is The Greatest Showman makes an appearance as fourth biggest vinyl seller of 2018, and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, Awesome Mix 2, completes the Top 5, while its predecessor is at 9.

Elsewhere in the Top 40, vintage smashes like Nirvana’s Nevermind (6) and Oasis’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (8) rub shoulders with 2018 releases like George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s (7), Kylie Minogue’s Golden (14), and First Aid Kit’s Ruins at Number 17.

Other notable entries include two further Arctic Monkeys records: AM at 18 and Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not at 26, while two Smiths’ classics reissued in 2018 – The Queen is Dead and Hatful of Hollow sit at 35 and 36 respectively. And just sneaking in to the vinyl albums Top 40 of 2018 so far – it’s Taylor Swift’s Reputation.

The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl singles of 2018 so far

When it comes to vinyl singles, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds claim the top spot with It’s A Beautiful World, taken from their latest album Who Built The Moon?. Runner-up Rock and Roll from Led Zeppelin, a Record Store Day release, finds itself sandwiched between two Noel Gallagher tracks – the band’s She Taught Me How to Fly is at 3.


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds It's A Beautiful World vinyl single

Two David Bowie singles complete the Top 5: Beauty And The Beast, reissued on picture disc in January to mark its 40th anniversary, is at 4 and Bowie’s 1983 Number 1 Let’s Dance is one step behind.

Other notable entries are the release of a rarely heard solo version of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U at 7, Liam Gallagher’s I’ve All I Need at 8, Kylie Minogue’s Dancing at 9.

Two singles from Arcade Fire’s latest album Everything Now issued on vinyl in January, Creature Comfort and Put Your Money On me, place at 18 and 19, and singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett makes two appearances with City Looks Pretty (25) and Nameless Faceless (27).

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The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums of 2018 so far

1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
10 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
11 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
12 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
13 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE
14 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE
15 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
16 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER
17 RUINS FIRST AID KIT
18 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
19 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
20 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
21 RESISTANCE IS FUTILE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
22 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS
23 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN
24 STRANGER THINGS - MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
25 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
26 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
27 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON NWA
28 ALADDIN SANE DAVID BOWIE
29 WHO BUILT THE MOON NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
30 THE 80S POP ANNUAL VARIOUS ARTISTS
31 ST. JUDE RE WIRED COURTEENERS
32 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
33 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO
34 BABY DRIVER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
35 THE QUEEN IS DEAD SMITHS
36 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
37 PURPLE RAIN - OST PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
38 GREATEST HITS FOO FIGHTERS
39 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
40 REPUTATION TAYLOR SWIFT

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The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl singles of 2018

1 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 ROCK AND ROLL LED ZEPPELIN
3 SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
4 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST DAVID BOWIE
5 LET'S DANCE DAVID BOWIE
6 MY LOVE I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU MORRISSEY
7 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U PRINCE
8 I'VE ALL I NEED LIAM GALLAGHER
9 DANCING KYLIE MINOGUE
10 MYSTERY OF LOVE SUFJAN STEVENS
11 LIGHTS OF HOME U2
12 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE SOFT CELL
13 PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS NEED COAL PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
14 BETTER THAN THAT JAMES
15 TOTALLY ECLIPSING CHARLATANS
16 PULSAR RIDE
17 DON'T SET THE WORLD ON FIRE RAG'N'BONE MAN
18 CREATURE COMFORT ARCADE FIRE
19 PUT YOUR MONEY ON ME ARCADE FIRE
20 YOU EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE A DICK SPARKS
21 INTERNATIONAL BLUE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
22 NEW YEAR'S EVE PALE WAVES
23 LAZY SUNDAY SMALL FACES
24 JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE MORRISSEY
25 CITY LOOKS PRETTY COURTNEY BARNETT
26 WIDE OPEN SPACE MANSUN
27 NAMELESS FACELESS COURTNEY BARNETT
28 SPACE & TIME WOLF ALICE
29 MANNISH BOY JIMI HENDRIX
30 YOU ARE THE PROBLEM HERE FIRST AID KIT
31 DON'T DELETE THE KISSES WOLF ALICE
32 C'MON C'MON DEF LEPPARD
33 THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY BRIAN ENO & KEVIN SHIELDS
34 ROXANNE POLICE
35 HOW BIG THE SPACE STEVEN WILSON
36 ARMY OF CLAY BELLY
37 SKY FULL OF SONG FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
38 HEROES MOTORHEAD
39 HI HELLO JOHNNY MARR
40 NORMANDY (ON A BEACH) WATERFRONT

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