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 have been snapping up a mix of classic records and new releases on vinyl this year, as OfficialCharts.com reveals the biggest sellers of 2018 so far.  

The UK’s best-seller on black plastic this year is currently Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Released in 1977, the collection is still finding fans some 41 years year and has become a staple for vinyl collectors, regularly featuring at the top end of the Official Vinyl Albums Chart. Read our 40th anniversary review of the album here.

Close behind at Number 2 is Nirvana’s 1991 record Nevermind, followed by Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black at 3. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of Moon, first released in 1973, is at 4, and Oasis’ 1995 release (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? completes the Top 5.


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

The highest placed ‘modern’ record is Ed Sheeran’s Divide at Number 7, while Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit take tenth place with their fourth album Ruins, and George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is the 12th biggest vinyl album of the year to date. The collection is currently the fastest-selling album of the year across all formats.

Other notable entries in the Top 40 the soundtrack to hit Netflix series Stranger Things – released last November - at Number 20, The Smiths’ 1986 album The Queen Is Dead at 31 following its 2017 reissue, and two Arctic Monkeys records: AM at 16 and Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not at 33.

The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums 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?. The band feature twice more in the Top 40 countdown, at 15 with Holy Mountain and at 37 with The Dying of The Light.


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

The highest of four entries for David Bowie in the Top 40 is Beauty And The Beast at Number 2, reissued on picture disc in January to mark its 40th anniversary, while Morrissey’s My Love I’d Do Anything For You is at 3.

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 5 and 6, and Manchester band Pale Waves make two appearances with New Year’s Eve (7) and Television Romance (20).

The Official Vinyl Albums an Vinyl Singles Charts are posted here every week on OfficialCharts.com.

The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
2 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
3 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
4 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
5 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
6 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE
7 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
8 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
10 RUINS FIRST AID KIT
11 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
12 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
13 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
14 WHO BUILT THE MOON NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
15 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER
16 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
17 U218 SINGLES U2
18 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN
19 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS
20 STRANGER THINGS - MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
21 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM
22 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
23 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
24 THE 80S POP ANNUAL VARIOUS ARTISTS
25 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
26 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
27 MOTOWN CHARTBUSTERS VARIOUS ARTISTS
28 REPUTATION TAYLOR SWIFT
29 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH
30 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO
31 THE QUEEN IS DEAD SMITHS
32 GREATEST HITS FOO FIGHTERS
33 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
34 ALL MELODY NILS FRAHM
35 WALK BETWEEN WORLDS SIMPLE MINDS
36 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
37 DAMN. KENDRICK LAMAR
38 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
39 ALL NERVE BREEDERS
40 THE 70S POP ANNUAL VARIOUS ARTISTS

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The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl singles of 2018

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST DAVID BOWIE
3 MY LOVE I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU MORRISSEY
4 PULSAR RIDE
5 CREATURE COMFORT ARCADE FIRE
6 PUT YOUR MONEY ON ME ARCADE FIRE
7 NEW YEAR'S EVE PALE WAVES
8 JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE MORRISSEY
9 NAMELESS FACELESS COURTNEY BARNETT
10 ON HOLD XX
11 LOVER MAN JIMI HENDRIX
12 (SITTIN' ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY OTIS REDDING
13 HEROES DAVID BOWIE
14 NO PLAN DAVID BOWIE
15 HOLY MOUNTAIN NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
16 SEX MUSIC BEAK
17 THE MAN GOAT GIRL
18 JUKEBOX BABE MOON DUO
19 BLISSING ME BJORK
20 TELEVISION ROMANCE PALE WAVES
21 RESIST PYE CORNER AUDIO
22 HEART OF DATA FACTORY FLOOR
23 CONNECTED BY LOVE JACK WHITE
24 I LOVE LA STARCRAWLER
25 DIG BLACK HONEY
26 LIST OF DEMANDS (REPARATIONS) KILLS
27 YO MY SAINT KAREN O FT MICHAEL KIWANUKA
28 PARADISE GEORGE EZRA
29 WAKING UP PVRIS
30 NOTHING'S GONNA HURT YOU BABY CIGARETTES AFTER SEX
31 BE MY WIFE DAVID BOWIE
32 THE DOOMED A PERFECT CIRCLE
33 MIRACLE CALLUM BEATTIE
34 EVERYTHING NOW ARCADE FIRE
35 OVER AGAIN CHARLATANS
36 FALLING GRAHAM COXON
37 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
38 COLD DARK PLACE MASTODON
39 GET OUT PUSSYLIQUOR
40 SLINGSHOT SENIOR SERVICE

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