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

Records from Lana Del Rey, Wolf Alice and Royal Blood 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 over 21,000 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.

The vinyl boom looks set to continue this year, with many fans supporting their favourite acts by purchasing physical products. Vinyl revenues are even expected to overtake those of CDs in 2021, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

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The UK's second best-seller on vinyl is Wolf Alice's Blue Weekend - a Number 1 in June - just behind Lana with 20.7k sales, while icons Fleetwood Mac are in third with their enduring classic Rumours on 20.6k sales.

While the majority of the top selling vinyl albums of 2021 were released this year, a handful of classics continue to prove hugely popular. Alongside Fleetwood Mac,  Queen's Greatest Hits (8), Amy Winehouse's Back To Black (10), Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon (14), Nirvana's Nevermind (18), and Oasis' What's The Story Morning Glory (20) all place within the Top 40. 

Records released this year that feature in the Top 10 include Foo Fighters' chart-topping Medicine At Midnight is at 5, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' compilation album Back The Way We Came - Vol 1 arrives at Number 7, and Paul Weller's Number 1 album Fat Pop arrives at Number 9.

British singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks claims the best-selling debut album on vinyl so far this year with Collapsed In Sunbeams (15), closely followed by Olivia Rodrigo's blockbuster debut Sour (16) and The Snuts' chart-topping debut W.L (20).

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 place, 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 ABBA's I Still Have Faith In You - their first original music in 40 years - is new in at Number 8.

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 13.6k sales. Dave's second record We're All Alone In This Together is in second place on 8.5k, and Lana's Chemtrails places third with 8.1k sales. 

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 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
4 TYPHOONS ROYAL BLOOD
5 MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT FOO FIGHTERS
6 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
7 BACK THE WAY WE CAME - VOL 1 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
8 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
9 FAT POP PAUL WELLER
10 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
11 HAPPIER THAN EVER BILLIE EILISH
12 EVERMORE TAYLOR SWIFT
13 CALIFORNIAN SOIL LONDON GRAMMAR
14 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
15 COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS ARLO PARKS
16 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO
17 SENJUTSU IRON MAIDEN
18 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
19 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
20 W.L. SNUTS
21 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
22 IT WON'T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS INHALER
23 ISLES BICEP
24 LOVELESS MY BLOODY VALENTINE
25 NOT YOUR MUSE CELESTE
26 WE'RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER DAVE
27 INTRUDER GARY NUMAN
28 LIFE BY MISADVENTURE RAG'N'BONE MAN
29 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
30 LIFE'S A BEACH EASY LIFE
31 BRIGHT GREEN FIELD SQUID
32 NEW LONG LEG DRY CLEANING
33 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
34 WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF KINGS OF LEON
35 THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT MANIC STREET PREACHERS
36 FOR THE FIRST TIME BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD
37 SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT LITTLE SIMZ
38 AS THE LOVE CONTINUES MOGWAI
39 SOLAR POWER LORDE
40 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES

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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 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU ABBA
9 COSMIC FRINGES PAUL WELLER
10 MOTHER DAVID BOWIE

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Official Top 10 best-selling cassettes of 2021 so far

  TITLE ARTIST
1 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO
2 WE'RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER DAVE
3 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
4 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
5 BLUE WEEKEND WOLF ALICE
6 HAPPIER THAN EVER BILLIE EILISH
7 DANCING WITH THE DEVIL - THE ART OF DEMI LOVATO
8 W.L. SNUTS
9 IT WON'T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS INHALER
10 LIFE'S A BEACH EASY LIFE

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