The Top 50 official best-selling vinyl albums of 2021 in Ireland revealed

An all-time classic record was the best-selling vinyl album in 2021.

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was the best-selling vinyl album of 2021 in Ireland, the Official Charts Company can reveal. 

The classic album tops our year-end Vinyl Top 50 chart, outpacing releases from modern-day acts such as Adele, Harry Styles and Dermot Kennedy. 

This is actually the second year that Rumours was the Number 1 best-selling vinyl album in Ireland, last year it too reached Number 1 on the 2020 year-end chart.

In a Top 10 otherwise packed with collector classics, Adele's blockbuster comeback record 30 smashes its way to a Number 2 placing, while ABBA's long-awaited new studio album Voyage also earns a spot at Number 8.

Vinyl accounted for nearly one tenth of the Irish albums market in 2021 (9.8%) with 407,000 vinyl records sold, up from 309,000 in 2020 and 218,000 in 2019). Resurgence of the vinyl format has helped power standout growth of 35% in the overall value of Ireland’s albums market to €18.477m, up from €13.676m in 2020. 

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IRMA spokesperson, Willie Kavanagh comments: "The continued adoption and collectability of vinyl means the format now makes up one tenth of album consumption, and has played an important role in driving up the value of Ireland’s albums market by over a third this year.

"There’s never been more ways for Irish music fans to access their favourite music, and these robust market numbers for 2021 demonstrate the ability of both digital and physical formats to coexist and thrive.”

The best-selling vinyl albums by Irish acts came courtesy of Dermot Kennedy (Without Fear, Number 11), while the biggest Irish debut release of 2021 on vinyl was Inhaler's chart-topping It Won't Always Be Like This, landing in the year-end vinyl Top 20 at Number 18.

Several acts place numerous albums on wax in the Top 50; these include Fleetwood Mac with a further Top 10 entry for Greatest Hits at Number 6. Harry Styles places at Number 4 with Fine Line and Number 28 with his self-titled debut. A double placing for Nirvana also with Unplugged In New York (12) and Nevermind (17). Taylor Swift gains a total of three entries; Red (Taylor's Version) (14), Evermore (23) and Folklore (32).

Further down the chart, we also see new-release albums from Olivia Rodrigo (16), Little Mix (25), Billie Eilish (33) and Lana Del Rey (48) make an impact.

The Official Top 50 best-selling vinyl albums in Ireland of 2021

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
2 30 ADELE
3 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
4 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
5 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
6 GREATEST HITS FLEETWOOD MAC
7 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
8 VOYAGE ABBA
9 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
10 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
11 WITHOUT FEAR DERMOT KENNEDY
12 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
13 = ED SHEERAN
14 RED (TAYLOR'S VERSION) TAYLOR SWIFT
15 DREAMS - THE COLLECTION CRANBERRIES
16 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO
17 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
18 IT WON'T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS INHALER
19 IF THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL I WANT MY OLD SAW DOCTORS
20 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
21 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
22 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
23 EVERMORE TAYLOR SWIFT
24 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
25 BETWEEN US LITTLE MIX
26 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
27 LET IT BE BEATLES
28 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES
29 FLYING INTO MYSTERY CHRISTY MOORE
30 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
31 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
32 FOLKLORE TAYLOR SWIFT
33 HAPPIER THAN EVER BILLIE EILISH
34 GREATEST HITS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
35 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH
36 FOR THOSE I LOVE FOR THOSE I LOVE
37 ACHTUNG BABY U2
38 TEN PEARL JAM
39 IGOR TYLER THE CREATOR
40 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC
41 GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL
42 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN
43 BORN IN THE USA BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
44 FEVER DREAMS VILLAGERS
45 CHANGESONEBOWIE DAVID BOWIE
46 HATFUL OF HOLLOW SMITHS
47 LIVE AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE GLEN HANSARD
48 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
49 U218 SINGLES U2
50 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON

© 2022, IRMA/ Official Charts Company