discogs best selling october 2020

The Discogs Top 50 Best-Selling Records in October 2020

Every month, we take a closer look at the best-selling records on Discogs. The following ranking is determined by how many purchases were made in the Marketplace in October.

For the first time in a while, we have the same album at No. 1 for two months running. This live Billie Eilish recording, originally a Third Man in-store exclusive, was re-released as part of the first Record Store Day 2020 drop in August.

But this isn’t the only RSD 2020 release on the top-selling list for October — by far. In fact, everything in the top 50 is a Record Store Day exclusive except for American Head, the new album from The Flaming Lips. And some of these are CDs!

Honestly, we’re not surprised. RSD 2020 was huge for record shops and collectors, and not just because it was spread out into three socially distanced events. Orders and vinyl purchases on Discogs were way up over the past year. In total, there were 177,794 orders (a 314% increase from 2019) and 227,473 vinyl purchase (a 325% increase) during RSD 2020. We’re slightly surprised that most of the releases below were from the August drop, which means that we can expect to see even more in the November and December versions of this list (especially since there is a fourth and final RSD drop scheduled for Black Friday in the U.S.)

Regular visitors to our best-selling breakdown will be interested to learn that Tracy Chapman has not reappeared since August. Her 1988 self-titled LP usually appears on this monthly list due to the fact that it hasn’t been pressed on vinyl since 1990. That’s two months now where Chapman has not been seen, as we previously explained when we first witnessed this phenomenon. Will she ever return?

Primus - Suck On This album cover

#42. Primus – Suck On This

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy, album cover

#40. The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy,

12″, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, 180

Paul McCartney - McCartney album cover

#40. Paul McCartney – McCartney

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat

The Cure - Seventeen Seconds album cover

#34. The Cure – Seventeen Seconds

LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, RM

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades album cover

#32. Motörhead – Ace Of Spades

7″, Shape, Single, Ltd, Pic, RE

The Cure - Bloodflowers album cover

#23. The Cure – Bloodflowers

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE

The Who - Odds & Sods album cover

#21. The Who – Odds & Sods

Album, Ltd, RE + LP, Red + LP, Yel

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy, album cover

#20. The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy,

12″, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, 180

Elton John - Elton John album cover

#19. Elton John – Elton John

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat

The Black Crowes - Lions album cover

#15. The Black Crowes – Lions

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pin

Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom EP album cover

#12. Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom EP

12″, EP, Ltd, RE, Cle

Robyn - Robyn album cover

#10. Robyn – Robyn

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red

The Cure - Bloodflowers album cover

#8. The Cure – Bloodflowers

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, RM, RSD

Gorillaz - D-Sides album cover

#7. Gorillaz – D-Sides

3xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, 180

U2 - 11 O

#6. U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock

12″, Single, Ltd, RE, Blu

Gorillaz - G Sides album cover

#5. Gorillaz – G Sides

LP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM, 180
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