The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums and singles of 2020
Sales of vinyl records climbed for a 13th consecutive year in the UK in 2020, with new as well as classic albums enjoying success on the revived format.
As fans turned to music during a difficult year, sales of vinyl jumped by over a tenth (11.5%) year-on-year to almost 5 million (4.8m), music industry body the BPI reports.
Many also supported indepedendent record shops by purchasing locally, with hundreds offering online delivery as the UK comes in and out of lockdown. Last year Official Charts launched the Official Indie Record Store Finder, encouraging their customers to become virtual cratediggers.
We also teamed up with Record Store Day and National Album Day to launch The Record Club in association with Bowers & Wilkins - a livestream series that takes place every other Wednesday that encourages viewers to order the album of the guest act in each episode through their local record shop, give it a listen, then watch the broadcast to find out all about it. Recent guests include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Paloma Faith, McFly, Doves and Declan McKenna.
The biggest vinyl album released in 2020 was Kylie Minogue's DISCO, with 21,500 sales on wax since its release in November. 13,500 of those were in its first week, when it debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, making Kylie the first female artist to score a UK Number 1 in five consecutive decades.
Topping the overall end-of-year vinyl album chart is Fleetwood Mac’s enduring classic Rumours. The record - released in 1977 - remains a popular choice on vinyl and regularly features in the weekly Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40. 32,500 copies of the album have been purchased on vinyl in the UK this year.
Meanwhile, other 2020 releases that finish inside the Top 10 best-sellers on vinyl this year include AC/DC's chart-topper Power Up (8), Arctic Monkeys' Live At The Royal Albert Hall (9), and Idles' Ultra Mono (10).
Further down, Liam Gallagher’s Number 1 live album MTV Unplugged just misses out on a Top 10 placing at Number 11. However, the Britpop legend claims the top selling vinyl single of the year with his charity release All You're Dreaming Of, with 11,600 copies sold. Money raised from the release goes to Action For Children.
Fontaines D.C. claim the 17th biggest vinyl album of 2020 with A Hero's Death, just ahead of Bruce Springsteen's October chart-topper Letter To You at 19, while Taylor Swift's Folklore lands at 22.
The best-selling vinyl singles of 2020
Behind Liam Gallagher, three remastered classics by Joy Divison feature in the Top 10: Love Will Tear Us Apart (2), Atmosphere (4) and Transmission (7).
Elsewhere Rolling Stones' 2020 single Living In A Ghost Town - released on limited edition orange 10-inch vinyl in June - places third, while Billie Eilish's Number 1 James Bond theme No Time To Die rounds out the Top 5.
The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2020
|2||WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY||OASIS|
|3||BACK TO BLACK||AMY WINEHOUSE|
|5||FINE LINE||HARRY STYLES|
|9||LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL||ARCTIC MONKEYS|
|11||MTV UNPLUGGED||LIAM GALLAGHER|
|12||LEGEND||BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS|
|13||THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON||PINK FLOYD|
|14||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO||BILLIE EILISH|
|16||DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT||LEWIS CAPALDI|
|17||A HERO'S DEATH||FONTAINES DC|
|19||LETTER TO YOU||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|20||THE BONNY||GERRY CINNAMON|
|21||THE STONE ROSES||STONE ROSES|
|23||THE SLOW RUSH||TAME IMPALA|
|26||A CELEBRATION OF ENDINGS||BIFFY CLYRO|
|27||ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS||BOB DYLAN|
|28||WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M||ARCTIC MONKEYS|
|30||NOTES ON A CONDITIONAL FORM||1975|
|34||MCCARTNEY III||PAUL MCCARTNEY|
|35||FUTURE NOSTALGIA||DUA LIPA|
|36||UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK||NIRVANA|
|37||SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND||BEATLES|
|38||GOLD - GREATEST HITS||ABBA|
|39||UNKNOWN PLEASURES||JOY DIVISION|
|40||THE UNIVERSAL WANT||DOVES|
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The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl singles of 2020
|1||ALL YOU'RE DREAMING OF||LIAM GALLAGHER|
|2||LOVE WILL TEAR US APART||JOY DIVISION|
|3||LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN||ROLLING STONES|
|5||NO TIME TO DIE||BILLIE EILISH|
|6||BLUE MONDAY||NEW ORDER|
|8||BLUE MOON RISING||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING|
|10||SAY SOMETHING||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|11||ALABAMA SONG||DAVID BOWIE|
|12||TEXAS SUN||KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES|
|14||ALL MY LIFE||LATHUMS|
|15||KEEP 'EM ALIVE||DAMNED|
|16||11 O'CLOCK TICK TOCK||U2|
|17||ACE OF SPADES||MOTORHEAD|
|18||BE A REBEL||NEW ORDER|
|20||COP SYRUP||BIFFY CLYRO|
|21||TROUBLE'S COMING||ROYAL BLOOD|
|22||ARNOLD LAYNE||PINK FLOYD|
|23||HONEY YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME||MORRISSEY|
|25||THE MODERN LEPER||BIFFY CLYRO|
|26||MY FUTURE||BILLIE EILISH|
|28||TURN THE HEATER ON||NEW ORDER|
|29||THIEVES LIKE US||NEW ORDER|
|30||ON SUNSET||PAUL WELLER|
|31||A HERO'S DEATH||FONTAINES DC|
|33||CHRISTMAS EVE (SOUL PURPOSE)||BLOSSOMS|
|34||YOU ARE THE CHAMPIONS||QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT|
|35||WE ALL STAND TOGETHER||PAUL MCCARTNEY|
|37||GIRLS AND BOYS||BLUR|
|39||MONKEY BUSINESS||PET SHOP BOYS|
|40||VROOM VROOM||CHARLI XCX|
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