The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Dethroned After Two-Year Reign On Top of Vinyl Charts
The album in question -- Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' -- was one of the year's higher-profile (and better-reviewed) rock releases, but it ended up nudging out the Fab Four's late-period classic by an impressively slender margin: A mere 4,000 copies stood between 'Road' and another 12 months of vinyl supremacy.
As VVN Music notes, vinyl remains an impressively healthy format -- years after being left for dead in the digital '90s, it moved nearly five million units in 2012. Even more impressive: That number represents a nearly 18 percent jump over 2011. What music industry slump?
All in all, 2012's list of year-end vinyl bestsellers reflects the eclectic tastes of the format's enthusiasts, encompassing a variety of new and old acts from a variety of genres. Check it out below and let us know which vinyl titles spent the most time on your turntable last year.
2012's Top-Selling Vinyl Records:
1. Jack White, 'Blunderbuss' (34,000 copies sold)
2. The Beatles, 'Abbey Road' (30,000)
3. Mumford & Sons, 'Babel' (29,000)
4. Black Keys, 'El Camino' (25,000)
5. Mumford & Sons, 'Sigh No More' (23,000)
6. Beach House, 'Bloom' (21,000)
7. Bon Iver, 'For Emma Forever Ago' (19,000)
8. Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' (17,000)
9. Adele, '21' (16,000)
10. Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' (15,000)