The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums and singles of 2018

Vinyl collectors snapped up a mix of classic records and brand new releases in 2018.

Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino takes the title as the UK’s best-selling album on vinyl in 2018.

The sixth studio album from the Alex Turner-fronted group has shifted 38,000 copies on wax since its release in May. The bulk of those (24,500) 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 released through the band’s website. A special gold edition was also pressed, exclusive to a pop-up store in the band's hometown Sheffield during the week of release.

Always popular on vinyl, Arctic Monkeys appear twice more on the year-end vinyl chart: 2013’s AM is at 18, and their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not places at 22.

The Greatest Showman’s Motion Picture Cast Recording takes the runner-up slot, boasting sales of 32,300, while Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album finishes as 2018's third best-selling vinyl album, with 32,000 sold (Read our 40th anniversary review of the album here)

Spurred on by the success of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits finishes fourth with 31,500 copies sold, while their 1991 Greatest Hits II features at 26). Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon still proves popular 45 years after its release at Number 5 (26,000 sales on vinyl in 2018), and George Ezra’s UK Number 1 album Staying At Tamara’s is sixth with sales of 24,000.

More music from the movies appears in the YTD vinyl Top 40: Jeff Wayne’s music from The War of the Worlds is at Number 11 after it was reissued, volumes 1 and 2 of Guardians of the Galaxy rank at 12 and 15, and the cast recording of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again places at 29 

Further down, The 1975's chart-topping album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships released in November is at 20 and Kylie Minogue’s Golden - her first Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in eight years - is at 31. The album's lead single, Dancing, is the bestselling vinyl single by female artist, placing 20th on the Top 40. 

Elsewhere on the bestselling vinyl singles of 2018, Noel Gallagher dominates with three entries in the Top 5: It's A Beautiful World at 1, She Taught Me How To Fly at 4 and If Love Is The Law at 5. All three tracks are taken from their third album Who Built The Moon?. 

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

The Official Top 40 bestselling vinyl albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
2 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
3 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
4 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
5 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
6 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
7 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
9 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
10 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
11 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE
12 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
13 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
14 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
15 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
16 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
17 THE BEATLES BEATLES
18 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
19 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS
20 A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE 1975
21 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
22 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
23 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
24 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER
25 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
26 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN
27 JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE IDLES
28 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION GUNS N' ROSES
29 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
30 THE 80S POP ANNUAL VARIOUS ARTISTS
31 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE
32 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO
33 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
34 WISH YOU WERE HERE PINK FLOYD
35 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN
36 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
37 GREATEST HITS FLEETWOOD MAC
38 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
39 THE WALL PINK FLOYD
40 BAT OUT OF HELL MEAT LOAF

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The Official Top 40 bestselling 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 YELLOW SUBMARINE BEATLES
4 SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
5 IF LOVE IS THE LAW NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
6 BREAKING GLASS DAVID BOWIE
7 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
8 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST DAVID BOWIE
9 LET'S DANCE DAVID BOWIE
10 ZEROES DAVID BOWIE
11 RISE UP CLIFF RICHARD
12 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U PRINCE
13 MY LOVE I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU MORRISSEY
14 I'VE ALL I NEED LIAM GALLAGHER
15 JUMPSUIT TWENTY ONE PILOTS
16 WHITE STAR LINER PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
17 ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE MUST FALL IN LOVE MORRISSEY
18 IT WILL END HERE GARY NUMAN
19 PLAY DAVE GROHL
20 DANCING KYLIE MINOGUE
21 SHOTGUN GEORGE EZRA
22 LIGHTS OF HOME U2
23 MYSTERY OF LOVE SUFJAN STEVENS
24 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG MORRISSEY
25 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE SOFT CELL
26 IN BERTOLT BRECHT'S BAAL DAVID BOWIE
27 TOTALLY ECLIPSING CHARLATANS
28 PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS NEED COAL PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
29 BETTER THAN THAT JAMES
30 GIVE YOURSELF A TRY 1975
31 NEW YEAR'S EVE PALE WAVES
32 DON'T SET THE WORLD ON FIRE RAG'N'BONE MAN
33 HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
34 ONE KISS CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA
35 PULSAR RIDE
36 CREATURE COMFORT ARCADE FIRE
37 PUT YOUR MONEY ON ME ARCADE FIRE
38 CITY LOOKS PRETTY COURTNEY BARNETT
39 JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE MORRISSEY
40 NORTHERN LIGHTS SOFT CELL

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