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Taylor Swift and the Beatles dominate UK Vinyl Charts in 2023

The good news first: for the 16th consecutive time, vinyl record sales in the UK have increased compared to the previous year. In total, nearly 6 million copies were sold, reflecting an 11.8% increase over 2022 – reaching the highest point since 1990.

This year, one could almost speak of the Taylor Swift charts instead of the vinyl charts. Eight of the best-selling vinyl records belong to the singer, constituting every fifth position in the Top 40! Among them is the best-selling record of the year with nearly 85,000 copies sold: “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”

In the top 10, two more albums by Taylor Swift follow, while classics like ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ by Pink Floyd also make their presence, essential for any well-curated record collection. Gold and silver go to the Rolling Stones and Lana Del Rey. The remaining Top 10 includes the latest albums from Blur, Olivia Rodrigo and Lewis Capaldi.

The UK Vinyl Top 40 in 2023:

11989 (TAYLOR’S VERSION)TAYLOR SWIFT
2HACKNEY DIAMONDSROLLING STONES
3DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE’S A TUNNEL UNDERLANA DEL REY
4SPEAK NOW (TAYLOR’S VERSION)TAYLOR SWIFT
5RUMOURSFLEETWOOD MAC
6THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOONPINK FLOYD
7THE BALLAD OF DARRENBLUR
8MIDNIGHTSTAYLOR SWIFT
9GUTSOLIVIA RODRIGO
10BROKEN BY DESIRE TO BE HEAVENLY SENTLEWIS CAPALDI
11TENSIONKYLIE MINOGUE
12AMARCTIC MONKEYS
13THE MASTERPLANOASIS
14THE RECORDBOYGENIUS
15COUNCIL SKIESNOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING
16HARRY’S HOUSEHARRY STYLES
17BUT HERE WE AREFOO FIGHTERS
18CRACKER ISLANDGORILLAZ
19BACK TO BLACKAMY WINEHOUSE
20LOVERTAYLOR SWIFT
21FOLKLORETAYLOR SWIFT
22ST JUDECOURTEENERS
233 FEET HIGH AND RISINGDE LA SOUL
24THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – LIVE ATPINK FLOYD
25GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – AWESOME MIX 1ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
26WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORYOASIS
27REPUTATIONTAYLOR SWIFT
28THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUSTDAVID BOWIE
29LEGENDBOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
30THE 1975THE 1975
31THE QUEEN IS DEADSMITHS
32ULTRAVIOLENCELANA DEL REY
33BARBIE THE ALBUMORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
34ONE MORE TIMEBLINK 182
35WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT’S WHAT I’MARCTIC MONKEYS
36BORN TO DIELANA DEL REY
37EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT
38FOLKLORE – THE LONG POND STUDIO SESSIONSTAYLOR SWIFT
39NEVERMINDNIRVANA
40ED SHEERAN

The Fab Four dominate UK Singles Charts

Given the hype generated by the surprising release of the first Beatles song in half an eternity, it’s not surprising that the 7″ single leads the sales charts in the UK. A total of 33,000 copies were sold of the single, available not only in various colors but also as a 12″ format. It is the fastest-selling single of this century. The releases of Boygenius and Aphex Twin at positions 2 and 3 couldn’t come close. The Sex Pistols are represented three times in the 7″ charts, perhaps influenced by the release of the series ‘Pistol’ by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle (highly recommended!).

The UK Top 20 Singles Charts:

1NOW AND THENBEATLES
2THE RESTBOYGENIUS
3BLACKBOX LIFE RECORDER 21FAPHEX TWIN
4ANGRYROLLING STONES
5ANARCHY IN THE UKSEX PISTOLS
6HOLIDAYS IN THE SUNSEX PISTOLS
7SAY YES TO HEAVENLANA DEL REY
8LAST CHRISTMASWHAM
9PRETTY VACANTSEX PISTOLS
10FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORKPOGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
11WILD GREY OCEANSAM FENDER
12STEP INTO CHRISTMASELTON JOHN
13BLUE MONDAYNEW ORDER
14BREATHEPRODIGY
15WEST END GIRLSSLEAFORD MODS
16THE VOID STARES BACKENTER SHIKARI & WARGASM
17CAN’T CATCH ME NOWOLIVIA RODRIGO
19HOLD ON TO NOWKYLIE MINOGUE
18PADAM PADAMKYLIE MINOGUE
20SWEET SOUNDS OF HEAVENROLLING STONES/GAGA/WONDER

Streaming dominates, but cassettes are on the rise

The popularity of cassettes continues to rise, although on a much lower level than vinyl records. Last year, almost 136,000 cassettes were sold in the UK. Olivia Rodrigo’s latest album performed the best in cassette sales. The question arises here, though, how many fans actually have a cassette player or simply buy the tape as a fan object.

On the contrary, CD sales continue to decline, although the decrease of just under 7% is the lowest since 2015. Nevertheless, with over 10 million copies sold, CDs remain the most successful format in overall sales.

It is not surprising that music consumption continues to be dominated by streaming. In 2023, 179.6 billion audio streams were accumulated, which set another all-time record.

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