25 Best Selling Hip Hop Records of 2016

by MarbleheadJohnson

Classics, classics, and more classics!  This is nearly all you’ll find on our Top 25 Best Selling Hip Hop Records of 2016 On Discogs.  Some of you will no doubt question the credibility of some of these entries, and so you should.  However, these gems are the top selling items in the Discogs marketplace based on any release containing “hip hop” as a genre tag, and that distinction can cover quite a lot of ground here at The ‘Cogs.

The majority of the entries come from the 80s and 90s, showing that Discogs users demand those musical beacons of creativity that only gather more followers as the years go on.  Only a few records pop up from the past ten years, so it’s clear to see a new age of listeners have a strong need to add the tried and true necessities to their collections.  Groups like the Beastie Boys appear on the list more than once showing that listeners are keen to mingle their love of hip hop with punk and rock, while albums like “Straight Outta Compton” illustrate the pertinence of N.W.A.’s message in the late 80s, and how it still resonates with audiences of today.

While you’re here, explore even more Hip Hop gems and pick up some wax of your own. Without further ado, here is the list of best selling hip hop records you gotta get in your collection:

25. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two 12″ (351 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock "It Takes Two" vinyl record

24. Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (351 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Notorious BIG "Ready To Die" vinyl record

23. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (352 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Public Enemy "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" vinyl record

22. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (357 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Mobb Deep "The Infamous" vinyl record

21. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (391 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Beastie Boys "Ill Communication" vinyl record

20. Dr. Dre – 2001 (399 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Dr Dre "2001" vinyl record

19. Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Music By Planet Patrol – Planet Rock 12″ (403 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force Music By Planet Patrol "Planet Rock" vinyl record

18. J Dilla – Donuts (419 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, J Dilla "Donuts" vinyl record

17. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (439 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, A Tribe Called Quest's "People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm" vinyl record

16. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) 12″ (445 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" vinyl record

15. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (450 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique" vinyl records

14. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders (459 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, A Tribe Called Quest "Midnight Marauders" vinyl record

13. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (498 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, A Tribe Called Quest "The Low End Theory" vinyl record

12. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (500 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, DJ Shadow "Endtroducing" Vinyl record

11. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (501 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City" vinyl record

10. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle (504 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Snoop Dogg "Doggystyle" vinyl record

9. De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising (512 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, De La Soul "3 Feet High And Rising" vinyl record

8. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (515 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp A Butterfly" vinyl record

7. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (520 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton" vinyl record

6. Dr. Dre – The Chronic (635 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Dr Dre "The Chronic" vinyl record

5. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (656 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Wu Tang Clan "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" vinyl record

4. Madvillain – Madvillainy (685 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Madvillain "Madvillainy" vinyl record

3. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (692 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Beastie Boys "Licensed To Ill" vinyl

2. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight  12″ (869 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight vinyl record

1. Nas – Illmatic (1018 copies sold)

One of the best selling hip hop records on Discogs, Nas- Illmatic

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One comment about “25 Best Selling Hip Hop Records of 2016
  • postpunkmonk 8 months ago
    Lots of classic there for sure. Why, even I have a few of those [and want more than a few more]... and I'm the Post-Punk Monk! But I was astonished to see no Run DMC in the list. [sighs]