Even though the Beatles are selling an insane amount on iTunes, it hasn’t affected their vinyl sales much. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the sales for Abbey Road still remain strong. Really strong, in fact, as in it’s the best-selling vinyl record for the second year in a row. No surprise there. After all, some people consider it the greatest album ever.
The last-recorded album by the Fab Four beat out some pretty tough competition from both the indie and classic rock scenes. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs trailed in second, followed by the Black Keys’ Brothers. Older records such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon were relegated to fifth and ninth place respectively.
This achievement also helped The Beatles become the best-selling artist on vinyl in America for 2010, coming ahead of Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, Pavement, Metallica, and Bob Dylan.
Top 10 Vinyl Records of 2010:
01. The Beatles – Abbey Road
02. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
03. Black Keys – Brothers
04. Vampire Weekend – Contra
05. Michael Jackson – Thriller
06. National – High Violet
07. Beach House – Teen Dream
08. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Valleys of Neptune
09. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
10. The XX – XX