The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums and singles of 2018 so far

Vinyl collectors have been snapping up a mix of classic records and brand new releases this year.

Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino enjoyed massive success upon its release earlier this year – and takes the title as the UK’s best-selling record on vinyl so far this year.

The sixth studio album from the Alex Turner-fronted group has shifted 33,400 units on wax since its release in May. The bulk (24,500) of those were in its first week on sale, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album of the past 25 years, smashing the previous record set by Liam Gallagher’s As You Were by 8,500 copies.

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is available on black and clear plastic in stores, while a silver variant was accessible through the band’s website. A special gold edition was also pressed, being exclusive a pop-up store in AM’s home city of Sheffield during the week of release.

Always popular on vinyl, Arctic Monkeys appear twice more on the YTD chart: 2013’s AM is at 17, while their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not sits at 23.

Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album is currently the year’s second best-seller on vinyl, with 18,400 sold (Read our 40th anniversary review of the album here). The Greatest Showman’s Motion Picture Cast Recording is at Number 3, boasting sales of 16,600.

Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon still proves popular 45 years after its release at Number 4 (15,700 vinyl sales in 2018), and George Ezra’s UK Number 1 album Staying At Tamara’s rounds out the Top 5 at 5 having shifted 14,500 records.

More music from the movies appears in the YTD vinyl Top 40: The soundtracks to Volumes 2 and 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy rank at 9 and 10, while Jeff Wayne’s music from The War of the Worlds is at Number 11 after it was reissued earlier this year. Baby Driver’s soundtrack also ranks in the year-to-date Top 40 at Number 31.

Kylie Minogue’s first Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in eight years, Golden (19), has sold well on vinyl, while its lead single Dancing is the 12th best-selling vinyl single of the year so far. Female duo First Aid Kit sit at 23 with their fourth studio album Ruins, and Manic Street Preachers’ latest album Resistance Is Futile – released in April - ranks at 29.

Finally, four of the UK’s best-selling albums of all-time feature within 2018’s Top 40 best sellers: Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is sixth; Queen’s Greatest Hits impacts at 15; The Beatles' 2017 reissued Sgt. Pepper's is at 22, and Gold by ABBA sits at 37.

The Official Vinyl Albums an Vinyl Singles Charts are posted here every week on OfficialCharts.com.

The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
4 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
5 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
6 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
7 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
8 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
10 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
11 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE
12 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
13 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
14 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
15 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
16 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
17 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
18 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER
19 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE
20 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS
21 THE 80S POP ANNUAL VARIOUS ARTISTS
22 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
23 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
24 RUINS FIRST AID KIT
25 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN
26 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
27 STRANGER THINGS - MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
28 ALADDIN SANE DAVID BOWIE
29 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION GUNS N' ROSES
30 RESISTANCE IS FUTILE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
31 BABY DRIVER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
32 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO
33 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON NWA
34 WHO BUILT THE MOON NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
35 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
36 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
37 JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE IDLES
38 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC
39 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
40 WISH YOU WERE HERE PINK FLOYD

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The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl singles of 2018

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 ROCK AND ROLL LED ZEPPELIN
3 SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
4 YELLOW SUBMARINE BEATLES
5 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST DAVID BOWIE
6 LET'S DANCE DAVID BOWIE
7 IF LOVE IS THE LAW NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
8 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U PRINCE
9 MY LOVE I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU MORRISSEY
10 ZEROES DAVID BOWIE
11 I'VE ALL I NEED LIAM GALLAGHER
12 DANCING KYLIE MINOGUE
13 ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE MUST FALL IN LOVE MORRISSEY
14 SHOTGUN GEORGE EZRA
15 MYSTERY OF LOVE SUFJAN STEVENS
16 LIGHTS OF HOME U2
17 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE SOFT CELL
18 BETTER THAN THAT JAMES
19 PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS NEED COAL PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
20 TOTALLY ECLIPSING CHARLATANS
21 IN BERTOLT BRECHT'S BAAL DAVID BOWIE
22 NEW YEAR'S EVE PALE WAVES
23 DON'T SET THE WORLD ON FIRE RAG'N'BONE MAN
24 PULSAR RIDE
25 CREATURE COMFORT ARCADE FIRE
26 PUT YOUR MONEY ON ME ARCADE FIRE
27 JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE MORRISSEY
28 YOU EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE A DICK SPARKS
29 INTERNATIONAL BLUE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
30 CITY LOOKS PRETTY COURTNEY BARNETT
31 APPLES & ORANGES ANDY PARTRIDGE
32 LAZY SUNDAY SMALL FACES
33 SPACE & TIME WOLF ALICE
34 WIDE OPEN SPACE MANSUN
35 NAMELESS FACELESS COURTNEY BARNETT
36 MANNISH BOY JIMI HENDRIX
37 DON'T DELETE THE KISSES WOLF ALICE
38 YOU ARE THE PROBLEM HERE FIRST AID KIT
39 ONE KISS CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA
40 C'MON C'MON DEF LEPPARD

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