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Tame Impala Leads Aussie Contingent In Vinyl.com’s 2023 Best-Sellers List

Senior Journalist, B2B
Tame Impala Leads Aussie Contingent In Vinyl.com’s 2023 Best-Sellers List

Wax was in the groove once again in 2023, as a batch of reissues and anniversary releases dominate the year-end chart published by Vinyl.com, the online record store.

Among Australian acts, Tame Impala led the way with the 10th-anniversary edition Lonerism, a hit on wax coming in at No. 15 on the Top 50 Best-Selling Records Released in 2023.

Close behind is metalcore outfit Parkway Drive with a commemorative clear/blacksmoke release of the Byron Bay band’s debut 2004 EP Don’t Close Your Eyes, dropping in at No. 19 on the list.

Another NSW metalcore act, Polaris, makes the cut with their ARIA Chart leader Fatalism at No. 35.

At the top of the rankings is The Postal Service’s blue/silver 10th anniversary edition of “Give Up.”

The U.S. indie pop act leads a trio of anniversary and special releases, ahead of Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other 2-LP release from 1999, and the 30th anniversary edition of Green Day’s Dookie (from 1994), respectively.

Taylor Swift doubles up with two titles in the top 10: 1989 (Taylor’s Version) [Crystal Skies Blue 2LP) at No. 4 and Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) [Orchid Marble 3-LP) at No. 6).

The late Mac Miller and The Postal Service are the only other acts to appear twice in the list.

The list ranks sales of vinyl copies released over the 2023 calendar year.

Over the period, new releases accounted for just 15 of the top 50 albums, led by Barbie The Album (Original Soundtrack) [Hot Pink] at No. 16.

The best-selling genre was rap/hip-hop with 11 records on the tally, ahead of rock (nine), indie and R&B/soul (five each), and metal (four).

“2023 represented another bumper year for vinyl sales, as artists continue to seek alternative roads to revenue creation,” comments Alli Galloway, chief marketing officer at Vinyl Group.

“While nostalgia continues to prove powerful among collectors, we can also see many artists mobilising their fan bases to buy their new releases in physical form. It’s also fantastic to see Aussie acts continue to resonate among our global customer base, and I can’t wait to see what 2024 holds for the vinyl industry.”

Sales of vinyl continue to trend-up here and in key markets abroad.

According to data published by the BPI, the U.K.’s vinyl market grew for the 16th consecutive year, posting a 11.7% year-on-year rise – for the format’s highest best result since 1990. Kylie Minogue’s Tension narrowly missed out on the year-end top 10 vinyl chart in the U.K., coming in at No. 11.

Meanwhile, the market for vinyl in the United States grew by 22% year-on-year for the first half.

Part of the Vinyl Group, Vinyl.com holds a catalogue of over 50,000 records, powered by Jaxsta Official Music Credits.

As reported last month, The Brag Media, publisher of The Music Network, is joining Vinyl Group’s existing portfolio of properties that includes music credits business Jaxsta, the leading music industry social-professional network and talent marketplace Vampr, and Vinyl.com.

Check out Vinyl.com’s Top 50 Best-Selling Records Released In 2023.

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