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The Most Coveted Record Store Day Releases of All Time

When Record Store Day rolls around each year, collectors prepare for a drop of limited-edition albums, exclusive vinyl, and impressive box sets. The annual event can generate massive lines in front of record shops. Discogs is the largest online music database in the world, so the Community can see which releases have the highest ratings and price tags — but what about the gems that are so elusive that collectors were unable to score them on Record Store Day? These the 20 most coveted RSD releases of all time.

The ranking is determined by how many Discogs users have added the RSD release to their Wantlist, a unique feature that allows fans to keep track of the physical music they’re hunting for. The following list features a wide variety of genres but at least one thing in common: They can all be found in over 1,000 Wantlists of record collectors worldwide.

The nature of Record Store Day creates exclusivity and a handful of these releases saw very limited distribution. For example, there were only 100 special RSD copies of Captain Murphy’s Duality. and 900 versions of Death Grips’ Government Plates. Others are sought after because the release is the first time that album has been pressed on vinyl since its debut. Jiro Inagaki and Soul Media’s Funky Stuff was originally released as a record in 1975 but wasn’t repressed or reissued until Record Store Day 2015 in Japan (but it has since seen wider circulation in 2020). However, the most common theme among these desired releases is color. Fourteen of the 20 records boast a unique vinyl colorway, from clear to violet.

Obviously, these releases have value to certain collectors, but that value also translates to a higher price tag. The ranking includes the current median sale price in the Database and most are above the typical cost of a brand-new RSD release in-store. In fact, some of these records can also be found on the list of most expensive RSD titles of all time. Taylor Swift’s 1989, Cake’s comprehensive vinyl box set, and aforementioned Captain Murphy title are all selling for big bucks in the Marketplace.

A quick note if you’re also looking at the most expensive RSD releases: A record’s median price listed in the Discogs Database can fluctuate based on recent sales. Since the data for the most expensive ranking was pulled before the most wanted ranking below, so the median prices might be different on both roundups.

If you’re looking for more information about Record Store Day 2021, we have a wide variety of coverage and all of the information you need on RSD 2021 releases.

Most Wanted RSD Releases on Discogs



Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) album cover

No. 20. Slipknot – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2014)

Median Sale Price: $248.99
Format:
2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle
Label: Roadrunner Records


Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy (Vinyl Edition Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover

No. 19. Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy (Vinyl Edition Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2020)

Median Sale Price:$166.67
Format:
2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu
Label: Walt Disney Records


Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged album cover

No. 18. Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged (2019)

Format: LP, Album, Ltd, 180
Label: Epic, Legacy
Median Price: $49.99


Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb album cover

No. 17. Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb (2020)

Median Sale Price: $87.50
Format:
2xLP, Album, Ltd, Red
Label: Columbia


Various - The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover

No. 16. Various – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)

Median Sale Price:$135.29
Format:
LP, Whi + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, Ltd, RE
Label: Atlantic


Twenty One Pilots - The LC LP album cover

No. 15. Twenty One Pilots – The LC LP (2015)

Median Sale Price: $142.50
Format:
6″, Shape, Ltd, Red
Label: Fueled By Ramen


Lil Uzi Vert - Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World album cover

No. 14. Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World (2017)

Median Sale Price:$280.00
Format:
LP, Ltd, Mixtape, Num, Pur
Label: Atlantic, Generation Now


Miley Cyrus - Bangerz album cover

No. 13. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (2017)

Median Sale Price:$399.00
Format:
2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pin
Label: RCA


The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan album cover

No. 12. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan (2015)

Median Sale Price: $69.72
Format:
LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Ltd, RE, Gat
Label: Third Man Records


Cake - Vinyl Box Set album cover

No. 11. Cake – Vinyl Box Set (2014)

Median Sale Price:$1,000.00
Format:
Box, Comp, Ltd, RM, 175 + LP, Album, RE, Yel + LP,
Label: Upbeat Records


Death Grips - The Money Store album cover

No. 10. Death Grips – The Money Store (2015)

Median Sale Price:$250.00
Format:
LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RP, Bla
Label: Epic


Fleetwood Mac - Rumours album cover

No. 9. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (2011)

Median Sale Price:$27.48
Format:
LP, Album, RE
Label: Reprise Records


Taylor Swift - 1989 album cover

No. 8. Taylor Swift – 1989 (2018)

Median Sale Price:$392.00
Format:
2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Cle
Label: Big Machine Records


Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media - Funky Stuff album cover

No. 7. Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media – Funky Stuff (2015)

Median Sale Price:$80.00
Format:
LP, Album, RE, RM
Label: Columbia


Various - Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover

No. 6. Various – Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)

Median Sale Price: $181.99
Format:
LP, Ltd, RE, Vio
Label: Emperor Norton


Captain Murphy - Duality album cover

No. 5. Captain Murphy – Duality (2013)

Median Sale Price: $480.00
Format:
2xLP, Dlx, Ltd, Cle
Label: Roam International


The White Stripes - Elephant album cover

No. 4. The White Stripes – Elephant (2013)

Median Sale Price: $90.00
Format:
LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Ltd, RE, RP
Label: Third Man Records


Green Day - Dookie album cover

No. 3. Green Day – Dookie (2009)

Median Sale Price: $22.74
Format:
LP, Album, RE
Label: Reprise Records


Death Grips - Government Plates album cover

No. 2. Death Grips – Government Plates (2014)

Median Sale Price: $521.50
Format:
LP, Album, Ltd
Label: Harvest, Third Worlds


Childish Gambino - Because The Internet album cover

No. 1. Childish Gambino – Because The Internet (2014)

Median Sale Price: $100.00
Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd
Label: Glassnote

Check out Record Store Day for more information about the final drop on July 17 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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