The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of September 2018

I’m proud to announce a new age of individualism! After some internal discussion, I’ve decided to make some changes to how the top 50 is tabulated. This should hopefully be seen by you as a significant improvement in most regards. When I initially wrote the tabulation script, I decided to aim as closely to established standards as possible, grouping by title rather than individual release page. This gives strength in numbers to larger and more popular master release pages, such as Dark Side, Thriller, and Rumours. Month after month and year after year, these titles have dominated the charts.

By breaking up these monoliths, we hope to more accurately reflect what’s actually selling well in recent trends. This list should be a breath of fresh air, with only a small handful of the usual staples making the list. Unfortunately as well, Mac Miller’s passing had an effect on this month’s list, which may not have been highlighted otherwise. Have a look, and let us know what you think!

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12 Comments
  • Dec 4,2018 at 7:40 am

    No disrespect, but this really isn’t a “best-selling records” list if it only counts total sales of one individual release of a record, it’s a “best-selling release” list. It’s like claiming Tesla is the best-selling automaker because they sold more model X’s than Toyota sold Tacomas. As “mundane” as it might be, “Physical Graffiti” has hundreds of separate releases, while “Nuova Napoli” has 3. Which most likely sold more copies on Discogs last month? As others have noted, this list would be interesting under another name, but please bring back the former list which was useful to we sellers on the lookout for pertinent inventory.

  • Dec 3,2018 at 9:04 pm

    Only a few of the names on this list mean ANYTHING to me…

  • Nov 27,2018 at 6:58 pm

    Update:

    Original post: “No. 1. is: “Aphex Twin – Collapse EP (Limited Edition)”? That’s just… brilliant? And then Ed Rush & Optical’s “Wormhole” (1998) is on the list? That is excellent! Excellent, stand up.”

    Req. change:

    No. 1. is: “Aphex Twin – Collapse EP (Limited Edition)”? That is excellent!
    Ed Rush & Optical’s “Wormhole” (1998) is on the list? That is excellent!
    I say excellent, stand up!

  • Nov 27,2018 at 6:47 pm

    No. 1. is: “Aphex Twin – Collapse EP (Limited Edition)”? That’s just… brilliant? And then Ed Rush & Optical’s “Wormhole” (1998) is on the list? That is excellent! Excellent, stand up.

  • Nov 22,2018 at 1:48 am

    There’s absolutely a legitimate justification for the update and I agree it’s refreshing to finally not see the same list (positions may shift, but let’s face it, the names remain the same) again this month. That being said, as drab as the old formula was, it serves a purpose. You could argue that this isn’t an update to the previous list, but a new list altogether. Each based on different criteria. Why can’t we have both?

  • Nov 18,2018 at 4:01 pm

    Not a fan of the new list. Does not even give values of what they sold for? Please put the X back in the corner so I may delete this from my page and not be bothered by these lists I care nothing about?

  • Nov 16,2018 at 5:03 pm

    hahaha how limited can a record be when heading the top 50 best selling list here on discogs? Luv the idea so many surprises!

  • Nov 16,2018 at 2:59 pm

    Much better, many thanks

  • Nov 16,2018 at 2:24 pm

    Not seeing Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Led Zeppelin in my face every month will bolster my will to live in these, the end times. Thanks for the change.

  • Nov 16,2018 at 3:30 am

    Not thrilled with the new logrhythm. Under this formula, if an album that has only one pressing and another that has five pressings sell equally, the title with only one pressing will have a huge advantage. This is a good list but I would not use it in place of the old list that treated all versions as one.

    Billboard went through something similar about 40 years ago when they compiled singles. The decision that made the most sense was count all singles the same whether they were 12″ or 7″. The same conclusion could be made here.

    Charts become irrelevant when the variable components aren’t properly accounted for. Billboard again was slow to chart album cuts. Now with the decline of retail stores that report to specific genres, there’s no way to measure the strength in individual genres or style categories. What that means is that the R&B chart ranks the songs that are deemed R&B in the same order as what they appear on the pop chart.

  • Nov 16,2018 at 1:23 am

    this is a cool list. its nice to see a chart on trends. Trends are healthy and fresh

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