The Beatles' 1969 classic Abbey Road is the top-selling vinyl album for a third consecutive year, according to sales data recently released by Nielsen SoundScan. The record sold 41,000 copies in 2011, up from 35,000 in 2010 and 34,800 in 2009. Abbey Road was the second-highest selling vinyl album in 2008, with its 16,500 copies eclipsed by Radiohead's In Rainbows, which sold 25,800 that year.
The gradual increase in vinyl sales for Abbey Road over the past few years mirrors an overall upward trend in vinyl sales, though the format only accounts for 3.9 percent of total music sales for the year.
Other vinyl best-sellers for 2011 include Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons and Adele, whose 21 was the overall top-selling album of the year. Both of Bon Iver's full-length albums were in the Top 10, along with recent releases by the Black Keys, Radiohead and Wilco, all of whom have traditionally sold well in the format.
The top 10 vinyl albums of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan, are as follows:
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road (41,000)
2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (29,700)
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (27,200)
4. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (26,800)
5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs (20,800)
6. Adele - 21 (16,500)
7. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (16,200)
8. Wilco - The Whole Love (14,900)
9. The Black Keys - Brothers (14,200)
10. The Black Keys - El Camino (13,800)