The Official Top 40 biggest cassette albums of 2022 so far

Central Cee, Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne and Charli XCX are among the year's top-selling cassettes to date

It was the near-obsolete format once destined to gather dust atop charity shop shelves; but the humble audio cassette's experiencing an unprecedented revival.

Now loved by music consumers for the collectability, 2021 saw sales of cassettes in the UK rocket by 13% to their highest total since 2003; proving the nation's increasing appetite for artists' work in the physical form. And 2022's been a similarly-successful year for the format, too.

According to Official Charts Company data, London-born rapper Central Cee boasts the best-selling cassette of the year so far with his second mixtape 23. Originally hitting Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart back in March, 23 shifted the most cassette sales in the first quarter.

Central Cee offered fans a now-sold-out, special edition yellow cassette release alongside its standard edition.

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At Number 2 on Official Chart Company's list of biggest-selling cassette albums of the year is Machine Gun Kelly, who managed to sell enough copies of Mainstream Sellout to make the chart in just one week of chart sales. The record recently peaked at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart.

Avril Lavigne claims the third best-selling cassette of the year so far with her seventh studio LP Love Sux. Again, Avril's sales were counted within one week of release.

The Weeknd lands at Number 4 with his Dawn FM cassette, which is also the biggest new release album of 2022 so far overall.

Elsewhere in the Top 10 are post-punk Leeds lads Yard Act with their debut The Overload (5), plus former Official Charts Number 1 albums Amazing Things by Don Broco (6), Give Me The Future by Bastille (8) and Night Call from Years & Years (9).

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The list of 2022's biggest-selling cassette albums also sees entries from Charli XCX with Official Number 1 album Crash (12), Frank Turner's chart-topping FTHC (13) and Rex Orange County's record Who Cares? (14).

Official Top 40 biggest cassette albums of 2022 so far

1 23 CENTRAL CEE
2 MAINSTREAM SELLOUT MACHINE GUN KELLY
3 LOVE SUX AVRIL LAVIGNE
4 DAWN FM WEEKND
5 THE OVERLOAD YARD ACT
6 AMAZING THINGS DON BROCO
7 NEVER LET ME GO PLACEBO
8 GIVE ME THE FUTURE BASTILLE
9 NIGHT CALL YEARS & YEARS
10 FIX YOURSELF NOT THE WORLD WOMBATS
11 THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST IRON MAIDEN
12 CRASH CHARLI XCX
13 FTHC FRANK TURNER
14 WHO CARES REX ORANGE COUNTY
15 BLUE BANISTERS LANA DEL REY
16 THE GODS WE CAN TOUCH AURORA
17 HOMESICK SEA GIRLS
18 WORLD I UNDERSTAND SHERLOCKS
19 FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4 JOHNNY MARR
20 THE DREAM ALT-J
21 WHO DO YOU PRAY TO SAM TOMPKINS
22 NOW OR WHENEVER SPECTOR
23 PIER PRESSURE ARRDEE
24 THE BOY NAMED IF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS
25 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
26 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
27 TORPEDO FEEDER
28 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
29 HAPPY PLACE SAINT PHNX
30 IMPERA GHOST
31 MUSIC OF THE SPHERES COLDPLAY
32 DISRESPECTFUL BAD BOY CHILLER CREW
33 TOY (TOY BOX) DAVID BOWIE
34 HITS TO THE HEAD FRANZ FERDINAND
35 CHANGE THE SHOW MILES KANE
36 ARE WE GONNA BE ALRIGHT FICKLE FRIENDS
37 SMALL WORLD METRONOMY
38 REELING MYSTERINES
39 REASON TO SMILE KOJEY RADICAL
40 BETTER WITH YOU KAWALA

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