Ireland's Official Top 50 biggest vinyl albums and Top 20 singles of 2020

Bruce Springsteen, Fontaines D.C. and Irish Women in Harmony were popular with the Irish record collectors in 2020.

Bruce Springsteen claims Ireland’s best-selling new vinyl release of the year with Letter To You.

Despite being released late in the year in October, Bruce’s ninth Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart sold strongly, shifting just shy of 3,000 copies on the revived format to finish fourth on the overall best-sellers list.

Vinyl album sales jumped by an impressive 42% in 2020, with 309,000 albums were purchased on wax across the year, compared to 218,000 in 2019. Vinyl now accounts for 8.1% of the total albums market in Ireland.

Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours - a staple for any new vinyl collection - takes up the overall vinyl Number 1 spot for the year.

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Harry Styles’ second studio album Fine Line rounds out the Top 3 at Number 3, which was first released in December 2019 but continued to sell well with a restock of the album’s limited edition coke bottle green variant, and a one-year anniversary vinyl boxset.

The fastest-selling vinyl album release of the year came courtesy of Dublin post-punk group Fontaines D.C. with A Hero’s Death at 8. The collection charted at Number 2 on the Official Irish Albums Chart upon release in August.

AC/DC’s chart-topping album Power Up surges to Number 21, Christy Moore’s Top 5 album Early Years: 1969-81 lands at Number 32, while one placing behind is Liam Gallagher’s Number 1 album MTV Unplugged at Number 33.

Other chart-topping albums from 2020 that were big sellers on wax were Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways (35) and the best-seller by a female artist Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa (46).

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Looking to vinyl singles, Irish Women in Harmony picked up 2020’s best-seller with Dreams. The 39-strong charity collective of female artists and musicians came together to record a cover of The Cranberries classic, with proceeds going to domestic abuse prevention agency SAFE Ireland.

U2’s Record Store Day single 11 O’Clock Tick Tock finishes in second, Dermot Kennedy’s chart-topping smash Giants ranks third, and Liam Gallagher’s festive charity single All You’re Dreaming Of benefiting Action For Children is fourth. Reissues from Joy Division and New Order feature in the Top 10.

Further down the Top 20, Irish Women in Harmony claim a second entry at Number 11 with Together at Christmas, Billie Eilish’s Bond theme No Time To Die stirs up Number 12, post-punk group The Murder Capital are Number 16 with Love Love Love and rising pop/rock group Inhaler pick up two entries with Falling In and My Honest Face at Numbers 17 and 19.

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Ireland's Official Top 50 biggest vinyl albums of 2020

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
2 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
3 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
4 LETTER TO YOU BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
5 WITHOUT FEAR DERMOT KENNEDY
6 DREAMS - THE COLLECTION CRANBERRIES
7 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
8 A HERO'S DEATH FONTAINES DC
9 GREATEST HITS FLEETWOOD MAC
10 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
11 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
12 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
13 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH
14 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
15 CALIFORNICATION RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
16 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
17 PURPLE RAIN - OST PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
18 BAD MOON RISING - THE COLLECTION CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
19 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
20 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
21 POWER UP AC/DC
22 UNKNOWN PLEASURES JOY DIVISION
23 GREATEST HITS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
24 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
25 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
26 THE BEST OF POGUES
27 HOTEL CALIFORNIA EAGLES
28 CHANGESONEBOWIE DAVID BOWIE
29 THE DOORS DOORS
30 TEN PEARL JAM
31 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
32 THE EARLY YEARS - 1969-81 CHRISTY MOORE
33 MTV UNPLUGGED LIAM GALLAGHER
34 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC
35 ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS BOB DYLAN
36 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
37 BORN IN THE USA BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
38 GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL
39 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
40 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON
41 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI
42 LUNGS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
43 GREATEST HITS ROD STEWART
44 WISH YOU WERE HERE PINK FLOYD
45 THEIR GREATEST HITS - 1971-1975 EAGLES
46 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA
47 PULP FICTION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
48 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
49 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION GUNS N' ROSES
50 UNPLUGGED ERIC CLAPTON

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Ireland's Official Top 20 biggest vinyl singles of 2020

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 DREAMS IRISH WOMEN IN HARMONY
2 11 O'CLOCK TICK TOCK U2
3 GIANTS DERMOT KENNEDY
4 ALL YOU'RE DREAMING OF LIAM GALLAGHER
5 LOVE WILL TEAR US APART JOY DIVISION
6 BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER
7 ATMOSPHERE JOY DIVISION
8 OUT OF CONTROL U2
9 TRANSMISSION JOY DIVISION
10 A HERO'S DEATH FONTAINES DC
11 TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS IRISH WOMEN IN HARMONY
12 NO TIME TO DIE BILLIE EILISH
13 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN ROLLING STONES
14 THE MANDALORIAN LUDWIG GORANSSON
15 ALL MY FRIENDS DERMOT KENNEDY
16 LOVE LOVE LOVE MURDER CAPITAL
17 FALLING IN INHALER
18 BLUE MOON RISING NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
19 MY HONEST FACE INHALER
20 ACE OF SPADES MOTORHEAD

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