Gallagher’s High Flying Birds top sales of both albums and singles on vinyl during the first half of the year.
Let no one say the vinyl market is dominated by the dinosaurs of rock or their fans. Actually, scratch that – because it is. The Official Charts Company has released its lists of the best selling vinyl albums and singles this year, and both are dominated by Men of Rock of a certain age.
Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is the best selling vinyl album of the year, with Nos 2 and 3 being Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti and the Stone Roses’ debut album. The highest placed album by a woman, or an act including women, is Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, at No 18. The only other women or acts featuring women to feature in the top 40 are Courtney Barnett (Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, No 23), Florence + the Machine (How Big How Blue How Beautiful, No 27), Fleetwood Mac (Rumours, No 29), Belle & Sebastian (Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance, No 36), Björk (Vulnicura, No 37) and Wolf Alice (My Love Is Cool, No 40).
The singles chart is even more skewed, with Gallagher and his Birds occupying the top three places, as well as No 7. David Bowie, meanwhile is at No 5 and No 6 , as well as No 10 (for a split single with Television’s Tom Verlaine released for Record Store Day). Florence + the Machine (What Kind of Man, No 14) and Courtney Barnett (Kim’s Caravan, No 17) are the only women in the top 20.
The top 10 vinyl albums of 2015 so far
1 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
2 Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
3 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
4 Blur – The Magic Whip
5 Royal Blood – Royal Blood
6 Arctic Monkeys – AM
7 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
8 Led Zeppelin – IV
9 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
10 Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
The top 10 vinyl singles of 2015 so far
1 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Riverman
2 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad of the Mighty I
3 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – the Dying of the Light
4 Blur – Y’All Doomed
5 David Bowie – Changes
6 David Bowie – Young Americans
7 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In the Heat of the Moment
8 Paul Weller – Saturn’s Pattern
9 Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
10 David Bowie/Tom Verlaine – Side by Side/Kingdom Come
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