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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 albums and classic reissues. Sometimes we get an awesome release we never asked for (over 700 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 one repeat title and it’s Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (No. 5 and No. 3). 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 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.

What’s new? Well, compared to the data that Discogs explored in 2020, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours has claimed the No. 1 spot while Jerry Garcia Band, Phish, and Willie Nelson continue to move up the highest-rated list.

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10 Highest-Rated RSD Releases


10. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (2018)

Weighted rating: 4.895
Average rating: 4.85 out of 194
Label and country: Run Out Groove, Roadrunner Records in the U.S.

8. Grateful Dead – Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72) (2021)

Weighted rating: 4.897
Average rating: 4.85 out of 150
Label and country: Rhino Records

8. Various – Studio One Records Dub Plate Special Box Set (2018)

Weighted rating: 4.897
Average rating: 4.89 out of 62
Label and country: Soul Jazz Records in the UK, Europe, & U.S.

7. Neil Young – Official Release Series Discs 5-8 (2014)

Weighted rating: 4.901
Average rating: 4.86 out of 107
Label and country: Reprise Records in the the U.S.

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6. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger: Live From Austin City Limits (2020)

Weighted rating: 4.905
Average rating: 4.91 out of 57
Label and country: Columbia and Legacy in the U.S.

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5. Miles Davis ‎– Kind Of Blue (2013)

Weighted rating: 4.909
Average rating: 4.87 out of 192
Label and country: Columbia and Music on Vinyl in the U.S.

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4. Phish – Junta (2012)

Weighted rating: 4.914
Average rating: 4.89 out of 80
Label and country: Jemp Records in the U.S.

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3. Miles Davis ‎– Kind Of Blue (2013)

Weighted rating: 4.919
Average rating: 4.89 out of 105
Label and country: Columbia and Music on Vinyl in Europe

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2. Jerry Garcia Band – GarciaLive Volume One: March 1st, 1980 (2019)

Weighted rating: 4.938
Average rating: 4.93 out of 71
Label and country: Round Records in the U.S.

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1. Fleetwood Mac ‎– Rumours (2011)

Weighted rating: 4.939
Average rating: 4.91 out of 127
Label and country: Reprise Records in the U.S.

Check out Record Store Day for more information about the Black Friday drop on November 26 this year. Discogs is not affiliated with the RSD organization, but we agree with their mission of bringing more people into record stores.


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