The Official Top 40 best-selling cassettes of 2019

Cassette sales are up to their highest in 15 years.

Last year saw the unexpected resurgence of the cassette continue to grow, with sales in 2019 at their highest in 15 years. 

Just over 80,000 cassettes were sold last year, compared to 50,000 in 2018. The increase is in part down to its collectability and its novelty value as an increasing number of artists are releasing their latest albums on the format. 

Sales remain small in the context of the overall music market, according to music industry trade body the BPI, representing 0.1% of overall music consumption. That said, demand has increased for seven consecutive years, and the 2019 sales tally of 80,404 purchases is the biggest annual total recorded in 15 years (99,636 were sold in 2004).

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The best-selling cassette of 2019 was Robbie Williams's The Christmas Present, with just over 20,000 sales. Released last November, the Number 1 album was the fastest-selling cassette album since Now That's What I Call Music! 52 in July 2002. 

Behind Robbie is Billie Eilish's chart-topping debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? with 4,000 sales, followed closely by Lana Del Rey's sixth record Norman F**king Rockwell. 

Other releases ranking in the Top 10 best-sellers of 2019 are Keane's comeback album Cause And Effect at Number 6, Madonna's Madame X at 7, and Kylie Minogue's 2019 retrospective Step Back In Time at Number 8. Kylie is proving popular on the cassette - her last studio album Golden was 2018's second best-seller on the format

The Official Top 40 best-selling cassettes in 2019

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROBBIE WILLIAMS
2 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH
3 NORMAN F**KING ROCKWELL LANA DEL REY
4 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI
5 THE BALANCE CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
6 CAUSE AND EFFECT KEANE
7 MADAME X MADONNA
8 STEP BACK IN TIME - THE DEFINITIVE KYLIE MINOGUE
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
10 WASTELAND BABY HOZIER
11 HAPPINESS BEGINS JONAS BROTHERS
12 RIPPLES IAN BROWN
13 WITHOUT FEAR DERMOT KENNEDY
14 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
15 THE UNDERRATED YOUTH YUNGBLUD
16 SUCKER PUNCH SIGRID
17 SHINE A LIGHT BRYAN ADAMS
18 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
19 EVERYDAY LIFE COLDPLAY
20 WHO WHO
21 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE
22 THE VERSACE EXPERIENCE PRELUDE 2 GOLD PRINCE
23 MY HAPPY PLACE EMMA BUNTON
24 REWORKED SNOW PATROL
25 DUCK KAISER CHIEFS
26 FATHER OF THE BRIDE VAMPIRE WEEKEND
27 A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE 1975
28 HYPERSONIC MISSILES SAM FENDER
29 FALSE ALARM TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
30 TALLULAH FEEDER
31 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN
32 AMO BRING ME THE HORIZON
33 BIG BAD GIGGS
34 JADE BIRD JADE BIRD
35 END OF SUFFERING FRANK CARTER/THE RATTLESNAKES
36 REPLICA CASSIA
37 DOOM DAYS BASTILLE
38 ASSUME FORM JAMES BLAKE
39 NO MAN'S LAND FRANK TURNER
40 STRANGE LOVE SIMPLE CREATURES

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