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The Best-Selling Records on Discogs in 2021

2021 was another great year for collecting vinyl. The Discogs Community purchased over 12,000,000 records throughout the year!

The top 50 best-selling records of 2021 prove once again that the Community has very eclectic taste. The list includes everything from the Cro-Mags to Cat Stevens. However, classic reissues and limited Record Store Day releases weren’t the only records being snatched up in large quantities.

Tracy Chapman has become a staple of the monthly best-selling roundups, so it’s in no way surprising that she would wind up on the top 50 best-selling records of 2021. Long out of print, used copies of this 1988 pressing of her self-titled album continue to sell well on Discogs.

Live recordings of legendary acts like The Police, The Grateful Dead, and Tears For Fears ended up on this year’s list. Ariana Grande and Twenty One Pilots also landed on the list with limited-edition live records.

New albums released in 2021 appeared a few times throughout the top 50. The latest output from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Måneskin were both among the best-selling titles of 2021.

In the end, reissues did reign supreme with artists like Pink Floyd, MF Doom, My Bloody Valentine, and The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) all claiming some of the top spots.

About the data: In order to prepare this list in time for a year-end review, the best-selling data reflects January 1, 2021, through November 30, 2021.

Best-Selling Records in 2021


The Doors - Morrison Hotel Sessions album cover

No. 50. The Doors – Morrison Hotel Sessions (2021)

2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Num, 180

The Police - Live! Vol. 1 Boston 1979 album cover

No. 47. The Police – Live! Vol. 1 Boston 1979 (2021)

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu

The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium album cover

No. 44. The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium (2021)

2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Gol

Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged album cover

No. 43. Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged (2021)

LP, Album, Ltd, RP

The Police - Live! Vol. 2 Atlanta 1983 album cover

No. 40. The Police – Live! Vol. 2 Atlanta 1983 (2021)

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red

Cro-Mags - The Age Of Quarrel album cover

No. 39. Cro-Mags – The Age Of Quarrel (2021)

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red

The Grateful Dead - Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72) album cover

No. 32. The Grateful Dead – Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72) (2021)

5xLP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, Etch, 180 + Box, Album, L

Radiohead - Kid A album cover

No. 31. Radiohead – Kid A (2016)

2xLP, Album, RE

The Cure - Wild Mood Swings album cover

No. 30. The Cure – Wild Mood Swings (2021)

2xLP, Album, Pic, RE, RM, 25t

Amy Winehouse - Remixes album cover

No. 26. Amy Winehouse – Remixes (2021)

LP, Yel + LP, Blu + Comp, Ltd

Portishead - Dummy album cover

No. 25. Portishead – Dummy (2008)

LP, Album, RE, 180

Daft Punk - Homework album cover

No. 24. Daft Punk – Homework (2019)

2xLP, Album, RE

Ryo Fukui - Scenery album cover

No. 22. Ryo Fukui – Scenery (2018)

LP, Album, RE, Hal

Steely Dan - Everything Must Go album cover

No. 21. Steely Dan – Everything Must Go (2021)

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180

Lady Gaga - Chromatica album cover

No. 20. Lady Gaga – Chromatica (2021)

LP, Album, Dlx, RE, Yel

SZA - Ctrl album cover

No. 19. SZA – Ctrl (2017)

2xLP, Album, Gre

The Sisters Of Mercy - BBC Sessions 1982-1984 album cover

No. 14. The Sisters Of Mercy – BBC Sessions 1982-1984 (2021)

LP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, 180 + Comp, Ltd, Gre

Justice - † album cover

No. 12. Justice – † (2007)

2xLP, Album, Gat

Nujabes - Modal Soul album cover

No. 11. Nujabes – Modal Soul (2020)

2xLP, Album, RE

MF Doom - MM..Food album cover

No. 5. MF Doom – MM..Food (2020)

LP, Gre + LP, Pin + Album, RE, RP

Linkin Park - Meteora album cover

No. 3. Linkin Park – Meteora (2021)

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Blu

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless album cover

No. 2. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (2021)

LP, Album, Dlx, RE, RP, Gat

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