The Top 40 bestselling cassettes of 2018
On your marks, cassette, go!
2018 was the biggest year for cassette sales in over a decade, with music fans across all age ranges getting their hands on a cassette by their favourite chart act.
The BPI revealed sales of the format were up 125.3% year-on-year, reaching 50,000 sales in 2018 compared to just under 30,000 sold in 2017, according to Official Charts Company data.
While some cassettes are stocked in high street retailers, the majority are available through artists' official webstores and at live gigs, often in collectable limited edition runs.
Last year saw the highest number of cassettes purchased in the UK since 2004. So which artists are helping the phoenix format rise from the ashes?
The 1975 scored 2018's bestselling cassette with their Number 1 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Available in white, red, purple and green, the group sold 7,523 copies of their studio album on cassette, 7,147 of those being in its first week of release, making it the fastest-seller on the format since July 2002.
Kylie Minogue was also a big seller on the vintage platform, shifting an impressive 6,262 tapes of her Number 1 album Golden. Following it's initial release, Kylie also released a Collector's Edition and a Winter Collector's Edition.
Kylie's BMG labelmates The Prodigy finish third in the 2018 countdown, having sold 2,148 cassettes of their Number 1 album No Tourists. Should they have not released a cassette, they would only have topped the Official Albums Chart by five combined sales.
Released in 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix 2 continued to sell well last year, ranking in fourth, while streaming supremo Ariana Grande proved she's also popular on the retro format in fifth.
Elsewhere, Delta by Mumford & Sons is in sixth, ahead of the first ever Now That's What I Call Music! album (reissued alongside the release of NOW 100) at 7, and Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix 1 at 8.
Snow Patrol's latest album Wildness, and Take That's reimagined greatest hits Odyssey close out the Top 10 at Numbers 9 and 10.
2018 releases that also sold well on cassette include Thirty Seconds To Mars, twenty one pilots and Manic Street Preachers, while Rick Astley, Courteeners, 5 Seconds of Summer, Arctic Monkeys and Blossoms also feature in the year-end Top 20.
The Official Top 40 Cassette Chart 2018
|1||A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS||THE 1975||1|
|4||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2||ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK||2*|
|6||DELTA||MUMFORD & SONS||2|
|7||NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC||VARIOUS ARTISTS||2*|
|8||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1||ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK||2*|
|11||AMERICA||30 SECONDS TO MARS||4|
|12||TRENCH||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||2|
|13||RESISTANCE IS FUTILE||MANIC STREET PREACHERS||2|
|14||BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST||QUEEN||3|
|15||BEAUTIFUL LIFE||RICK ASTLEY||6|
|16||ST. JUDE RE:WIRED||COURTEENERS||5|
|17||YOUNGBLOOD||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER||3|
|18||TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO||ARCTIC MONKEYS||1|
|19||COOL LIKE YOU||BLOSSOMS||4|
|20||MY MIND MAKES NOISES||PALE WAVES||8|
|22||BUILD A TOWER||SLOW READERS CLUB||18|
|23||NATURAL REBEL||RICHARD ASHCROFT||4|
|24||PALO SANTO||YEARS & YEARS||3|
|25||LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES||JAMES||6|
|26||BACK IN BLACK||AC/DC||27|
|27||THE 5.98 EP - GARAGE DAYS RE-REVISITED||METALLICA||42|
|28||BE MORE KIND||FRANK TURNER||3|
|29||THE STARS THE OCEANS & THE MOON||ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN||11|
|31||VI||YOU ME AT SIX||6|
|32||THE NOW NOW||GORILLAZ||5|
|33||THE LAST KING OF POP||PAUL HEATON||10|
|35||YOU ARE SOMEONE ELSE||FICKLE FRIENDS||9|
|36||ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS)||WU-TANG CLAN||83|
|39||STAYING AT TAMARA'S||GEORGE EZRA||1|
|40||BLACK HONEY||BLACK HONEY||33|
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*Peak on the Official Compilations Chart