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U2, Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Beatles Lead Pack in Record Store Day Sales

By: Maura O'Malley

May 4, 2017

This year’s Record Store Day fell on April 22, and while we celebrated Mother Earth, it was also a day to celebrate independent music retailers across the country, where consumers could purchase limited-edition and exclusive vinyl or singles.

According to a recent Billboard article, industry research firm Nielsen Music has revealed some pretty interesting facts regarding the top-selling exclusive albums and singles generated from RSD. Not only did independent record stores experience a 484% uptick in vinyl album sales in the week ending April 27, but that was the biggest weekly retail gain of all Record Store Day time. Vinyl’s back, baby.

So now we know vinyl is back in a big way, but which artists, specifically, sold the most singles and records? According to the Nielsen report, the Grateful Dead came in at #1 with The Doors at #2 for album sales. As for vinyl singles, U2 held the #1 spot, followed by The Beatles at #2 and Pink Floyd at #3.

See the top 10 in each category below—you can check out the full list here.

Top 10 exclusive Record Store Day albums

1. Grateful Dead P.N.E. Garden Auditorium…

2. The Doors Live at the Matrix

3. The Black Angels Deathsong

4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live From Welcome to 1979 (EP)

5. The Cure Greatest Hits

6. Santana Woodstock: Saturday August 16, 1969

7. Stevie Nicks Rarities

8. The Cure Greatest Hits Acoustic

9. Rush Cygnus X-1 (EP)

10. Various Artists Really Rock 'Em Right: Sun Records…


Top 10 exclusive Record Store Day vinyl singles

1. U2 "Red Hill Mining Town (2017 Mix)"

2. Beatles "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever"

3. Pink Floyd "Interstellar Overdrive"

4. Pearl Jam "State of Love and Trust"

5. The Smiths "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side"

6. John Williams "Main Title - Star Wars: A New Hope"

7. Jimmy Page & Black Crowes "Misty Mountain Hop (Live at Jones Beach)"

8. Prince "Little Red Corvette/1999"

9. Patti Smith "Hey Joe"

10. Prince "Partyman"