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The Highest-Rated Record Store Day Releases of All Time

Every year, Record Store Day rolls around, and every year, collectors are hit with a massive drop of limited-edition releases and classic reissues. Sometimes we get an awesome release we never knew we wanted (over 750 Discogs users have this 2016 7-inch picture disc of Old Dirty Bastard’s ID from Return to the 36 Chambers). Sometimes we get deluxe editions of classic albums and decide it’s time for an upgrade. The following is a list of the highest-rated Record Store Day releases of all time.

Discogs is the world’s largest online music database built by an active community of contributors. The RSD releases are ranked by a weighted rating, which will be different than the average rating you see on the individual release pages on Discogs. Why? Well, it doesn’t seem fair to rank a record with one 5/5 rating above a record with nine 5/5 ratings and one 4/5 rating. The weighted rating takes into consideration the average rating and the number of ratings submitted by Discogs users. That being said, we also included the average rating below for comparison.

The list includes two repeat titles and one is Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (No. 2 and No. 1). Both mono records are from the same year and the same label on 180-gram vinyl. The difference lies in the country. The European release of Davis’ beloved album received a slightly higher rating — both weighted and average — than the U.S. release. Does this mean that people who scored the European release were more generous with their ratings or that the vinyl is truly better? Again, only a true audiophile with access to both versions can fill the rest of us in, but if you have a theory, we want to hear it.

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours also makes the list twice. These pressings were both U.S. releases for RSD 2011, but the major difference between the two is that one version includes a misprint. The labels on Side III and Side IV have small print that does not match the Side I and II labels.

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10 Highest-Rated RSD Releases


Soul Media - Funky Stuff

No. 10. Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media – Funky Stuff (2015)

Weighted rating: 4.853
Average rating: 4.79 out of 129
Label and country: Columbia in Japan

Linkin Park - Meteora

No. 9. Linkin Park – Meteora (2021)

Weighted rating: 4.856
Average rating: 4.79 out of 214
Label and country: Warner Records in the U.S.

Thelma Houston - I'm Here Again

No. 8. Thelma Houston – I’m Here Again (2015)

Weighted rating: 4.857
Average rating: 4.91 out of 44
Label and country: Tamla in Japan

African Shakedown

No. 7. Various – African Shakedown (2013)

Weighted rating: 4.866
Average rating: 4.82 out of 82
Label and country: African Shakedown in N/A

Daft Punk - Tron

No. 6. Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy (Vinyl Edition Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2020)

Weighted rating: 4.869
Average rating: 4.81 out of 208
Label and country: Walt Disney Records in Europe

No. 5. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (2018)

Weighted rating: 4.884
Average rating: 4.83 out of 199
Label and country: Run Out Groove, Roadrunner Records in the U.S.

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No. 4. Fleetwood Mac ‎– Rumours (2011)

Weighted rating: 4.888
Average rating: 4.84 out of 293
Label and country: Reprise Records in the U.S.

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No. 3. Fleetwood Mac ‎– Rumours (2011)

Weighted rating: 4.905
Average rating: 4.86 out of 133
Label and country: Reprise Records in the U.S.

rsd miles davis kind of blue us

No. 2. Miles Davis ‎– Kind Of Blue (2013)

Weighted rating: 4.91
Average rating: 4.87 out of 194
Label and country: Columbia and Music on Vinyl in the U.S.

rsd miles davis kind of blue europe

No. 1. Miles Davis ‎– Kind Of Blue (2013)

Weighted rating: 4.913
Average rating: 4.88 out of 106
Label and country: Columbia and Music on Vinyl in Europe

 

Check out Record Store Day for more information about the RSD drop on April 23 this year. Discogs is not affiliated with the RSD organization, but we agree with their mission of bringing more people into record stores.

This article has been updated in March 2022 with the most recent weighted and average ratings.


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