The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl releases of 2021 so far

Records from Lana Del Rey, Bicep and Arlo Parks are among the most popular on vinyl so far in 2021.

Vinyl sales continue to climb in the UK, and the best-selling of 2021 so far is Lana Del Rey's Chemtrails Over The Country Club, OfficialCharts.com can reveal. 

Released in March, the record has sold 20,000 copies on wax to top the UK's Official year-to-date vinyl albums chart. 16,700 of those were bought in its first week, earning Lana the title of having the fastest-selling vinyl album of the century for a female act.

Sales of vinyl records continue to rise in the UK, with nearly 5 million vinyl albums purchased last year, up 11.5% on the previous 12 months. The upward trend looks set to continue this year, with many fans supporting their favourite acts by purchasing vinyl in the absence of gigs and touring as the UK eases out of lockdown. 

Vinyl revenues are even expected to overtake those of CDs in 2021, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)'s chief executive in response to a new report.


Lana Del Rey (Neil Krug)

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The UK's second best-seller on vinyl is Wolf Alice's Blue Weekend - a Number 1 in June - with 18.2k sales, while British rock duo Royal Blood complete the Top 3 with their chart-topping third album Typhoons on 15.8k. 

While the majority of the top selling vinyl albums of 2021 were released this year, a handful of classics continue to prove hugely popular. Fleetwood Mac's 1977 record Rumours ranks fourth in the year-to-date chart, while Queen's Greatest Hits (11), Amy Winehouse's Back To Black (12), Nirvana's Nevermind (19), and Oasis' What's The Story Morning Glory (30) all place within the Top 40. 

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Foo Fighters' chart-topping Medicine At Midnight is at 5, indie-pop band London Grammar place at 8 with their April Number 1 record Californian Soil, and Taylor Swift's Evermore, released on vinyl in May, rounds out the Top 10. 

British singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks claims the best-selling debut album on vinyl so far this year with Collapsed In Sunbeams (13), closely followed by debut records W.L. by The Snuts (14) and Not Your Muse by Celeste (15). 

Vinyl singles

Harry Styles claims the UK's best-selling vinyl single of the year so far with Watermelon Sugar, which was given a limited edition release on red vinyl back in February and topped the Official Vinyl Singles Chart, outselling the rest of the Top 40 combined that week. 

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Elsewhere, a 40th anniversary reissue of The Specials' Ghost Town is in second places, and Morrissey & David Bowie's Cosmic Dancer - a live duet recorded in 1991 - is at Number 3.

A vinyl release of Kylie Minogue's rework of Real Groove with Dua Lipa is at Number 4, and a 25th anniversary of football anthem 3 Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds enters at 7. 

Cassettes

The unlikely revival of the cassette continues this year, albeit with sales remaining small compared to the rest of the market. The best-selling of 2021 so far is Olivia Rodrigo's Sour - the UK's biggest album of 2021 - with 12,800 sales. Lana's Chemtrails Over The Country Club follows in second with 8,100 sales. 

Other popular releases on cassette this year Demi Lovato's Dancing With The Devil - The Art Of Starting Over (3), the debut album from Easy Life Life's A Beach (6), and Pale Waves' Who Am I (10). 

Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2021 so far

  TITLE ARTIST
1 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
2 BLUE WEEKEND WOLF ALICE
3 TYPHOONS ROYAL BLOOD
4 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
5 MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT FOO FIGHTERS
6 FAT POP PAUL WELLER
7 BACK THE WAY WE CAME - VOL 1 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
8 CALIFORNIAN SOIL LONDON GRAMMAR
9 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
10 EVERMORE TAYLOR SWIFT
11 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
12 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
13 COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS ARLO PARKS
14 W.L. SNUTS
15 NOT YOUR MUSE CELESTE
16 ISLES BICEP
17 LOVELESS MY BLOODY VALENTINE
18 INTRUDER GARY NUMAN
19 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
20 LIFE'S A BEACH EASY LIFE
21 WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF KINGS OF LEON
22 LIFE BY MISADVENTURE RAG'N'BONE MAN
23 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
24 BRIGHT GREEN FIELD SQUID
25 NEW LONG LEG DRY CLEANING
26 AS THE LOVE CONTINUES MOGWAI
27 TYRON SLOWTHAI
28 SPARE RIBS SLEAFORD MODS
29 FOR THE FIRST TIME BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD
30 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
31 COLLECTIONS FROM THE WHITEOUT BEN HOWARD
32 DADDY'S HOME ST VINCENT
33 POST HUMAN - SURVIVAL HORROR BRING ME THE HORIZON
34 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
35 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
36 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES
37 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
38 FOLKLORE TAYLOR SWIFT
39 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA
40 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS

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Official Top 10 best-selling vinyl singles of 2021 so far

  TITLE ARTIST
1 WATERMELON SUGAR HARRY STYLES
2 GHOST TOWN SPECIALS
3 COSMIC DANCER MORRISSEY & DAVID BOWIE
4 REAL GROOVE KYLIE MINOGUE & DUA LIPA
5 ALL YOU'RE DREAMING OF LIAM GALLAGHER
6 KYOTO PHOEBE BRIDGERS
7 3 LIONS BADDIEL/SKINNER/LIGHTNING SEED
8 MOTHER DAVID BOWIE
9 NO TIME TO DIE BILLIE EILISH
10 DARK DAYS YARD ACT

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Official Top 10 best-selling cassettes of 2021 so far

  TITLE ARTIST
1 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO
2 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
3 BLUE WEEKEND WOLF ALICE
4 DANCING WITH THE DEVIL - THE ART OF DEMI LOVATO
5 W.L. SNUTS
6 LIFE'S A BEACH EASY LIFE
7 WEIRD YUNGBLUD
8 POST HUMAN - SURVIVAL HORROR BRING ME THE HORIZON
9 SCALED AND ICY TWENTY ONE PILOTS
10 WHO AM I PALE WAVES

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