Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross1
What are the Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums of the SoundScan Era? Let’s Talk a Look.
SoundScan–the record sales-counting tool that only registers a record as sold once its barcode is scanned at the cash–has been in place since March 1, 1991, in the US. Other countries–Canada, the UK and Japan–followed after that.
The system not only counts sales but can differentiate sales by format, too. Intern-in-residence Dorothy Lee went through a bunch of spreadsheets to find out which vinyl records have sold the most in the US since 1991 up until October 26, 2017.
|1||The Beatles||Abbey Road||381,766|
|2||Bob Marley & The Wailers||Legend||210,398|
|3||Amy Winehouse||Back to Black||209,819|
|4||Miles Davis||Kind of Blue||186,827|
|6||Soundtrack||Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1||140,035|
|8||Kendrick Lamar||Good Kid M.A.A.D City||118,899|
|10||Pink Floyd||Dark Side of The Moon||46,743|
|11||The Smiths||Queen Is Dead||43,392|
|13||Queens of The Stone Age||Villains||25,892|
|14||Soundtrack||The Nightmare Before Xmas||25,275|
|16||Spoon||Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga||24,373|
|17||War on Drugs||Deeper Understanding||20,595|
|18||Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers||Greatest Hits||19,529|
|19||Foo Fighters||Concrete & Gold||17,951|
|20||Various Artists||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2||16,786|