Ireland's Official Top 50 biggest vinyl albums of 2021 so far

New releases from Glen Hansard, For Those I Love and Taylor Swift have proven popular with record collectors.

Sales of vinyl albums in Ireland have increased 81% year-on-year as the vinyl revival shows no-one signs of slowing down.

A mixture of carefully crafted new releases celebrating the format and heritage classics are among the Top 50 best sellers of 2021 so far, with almost 150,000 vinyl records purchased so far this year.

Leading the list is a staple among many record collections, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Ireland's most popular vinyl album of 2019 and 2020 remains in pole position with over 2,000 sales in the first half of the year.

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Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon lands in second, Fleetwood Mac are back in third with Greatest Hits, the same title album as the album in fourth from Queen. Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth is Legend from Bob Marley & The Wailers.

The best-selling new release of 2021 is Glen Hansard's Live at Sydney Opera House which comes in at Number 8. The self-titled debut album from Dublin singer and spoken word artist For Those I Love also bags a top flight placement at Number 10.

First released digitally in December 2020, Taylor Swift released Evermore on vinyl in May of this year and it features in the Top 20 at 13, as does Foo Fighters' Number 1 album Medicine at Midnight at 14. Lana Del Rey's recent album Chemtrails Over The Country Club appears at 17 and Northern Irish electronic duo Bicep chart at 18 with their sophomore release Isles.

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Post-punk group Fontaines D.C. put out Live at Kilmainham Gaol for Record Store Day in June, which was the year's fastest-selling vinyl release to date (24) and is just ahead of My Bloody Valentine's reissue of Loveless (28) and Top 3 albums from Noel Gallagher - Back The Way We Came (30) and Paul Weller - Fat Pop (31).

Declan O'Rourke's Arrivals takes out the Number 39 slot, Imelda May's 11 Past The Hour - the only album by an Irish artist to reach Number 1 so far in 2021 - is at Number 41, and Kojaque's debut album Town's Dead is at Number 43.

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Ireland's Official Top 50 biggest vinyl albums of 2021 so far*

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
2 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
3 GREATEST HITS FLEETWOOD MAC
4 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
5 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
6 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
7 DREAMS - THE COLLECTION CRANBERRIES
8 LIVE AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE GLEN HANSARD
9 WITHOUT FEAR DERMOT KENNEDY
10 FOR THOSE I LOVE FOR THOSE I LOVE
11 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
12 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
13 EVERMORE TAYLOR SWIFT
14 MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT FOO FIGHTERS
15 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
16 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
17 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
18 ISLES BICEP
19 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
20 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
21 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA
22 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
23 PURPLE RAIN - OST PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
24 LIVE AT KILMAINHAM GAOL FONTAINES DC
25 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
26 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
27 HOTEL CALIFORNIA EAGLES
28 LOVELESS MY BLOODY VALENTINE
29 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH
30 BACK THE WAY WE CAME - VOL 1 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
31 FAT POP PAUL WELLER
32 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES
33 U218 SINGLES U2
34 TEN PEARL JAM
35 GREATEST HITS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
36 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
37 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
38 GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL
39 ARRIVALS DECLAN O'ROURKE
40 CALIFORNICATION RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
41 11 PAST THE HOUR IMELDA MAY
42 THE QUEEN IS DEAD SMITHS
43 TOWN'S DEAD KOJAQUE
44 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
45 A HERO'S DEATH FONTAINES DC
46 CHANGESONEBOWIE DAVID BOWIE
47 UNKNOWN PLEASURES JOY DIVISION
48 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN
49 GREATEST HITS ROD STEWART
50 PUNISHER PHOEBE BRIDGERS

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*Week 1 to Week 26 2021

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