The State of Discogs 2019

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Discogs Community, they have noticed some discrepancies in our reporting. We want to make sure our report is as accurate as possible and are currently reviewing our data pulls, we will update here as soon as possible.

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is well underway and spring is just around the corner. It’s that time of year again to take a look back on all of the data we’ve been collecting over the past year. Our annual year-end report dives into the numbers, trends, and music sales that made the end of a decade unique. So put on your favorite $9,000 Beatles record, pull up a chair, and dig into the year that was 2019.

Here are a some takeaways:

  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released its 2019 year-end revenue numbers and the report highlighted some very exciting news for vinyl! For the first time since 2004, vinyl revenue has surpassed that of album downloads and digital track downloads. In 2019, vinyl sales experienced a growth of 19%, double that of sales in 2018. Based on that rate of growth, it is possible that vinyl sales in 2020 will surpass that of CD revenue, for the first time since 1986.
  • The most expensive vinyl record sold in 2019 was The Beatles’ Love Me Do, which sold for $9,102.56.
  • Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were the top three most popular Master Releases for the end of 2019.
  • Catalog sales (releases 18-months and older) have increased (+7.19%) over last year.
  • The most popular genres sold in the Discogs Marketplace are Rock, Electronic, and Funk/Soul. However, both Pop (+17.73%) and Jazz (+18.45%) genres have seen a large year-over-year increase in sales.


Download the full report here to get a deeper look into the state of music.

Most Popular Catalog and New items sold on Discogs in 2019

The most popular formats added to the Discogs Database in 2019
The most collected Master Releases on Discogs in 2019
The top 10 most expensive records vinyl records sold on Discogs in 2019
The most collected music genres added to Discogs Collections in 2019 and 2018

Get the full song and dance on music sales in 2019. Download our Discogs 2019 Database and Marketplace Analysis.

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  • Mar 12,2020 at 11:01

    Why do numbers for 2018 between this report and last year’s report not match? I.e. RELEASES ADDED BY COUNTRY = US: 323,979 in the 2018 report vs 393,951 in the 2019 report (both numbers are supposed to reflect 2018!)
    RELEASES ADDED BY COUNTRY show a reduction for the vast majority of countries in 2019. If that is true, it seems very confusing for me that there is an increase in most categories on page 5 RELEASES ADDED BY GENRE for 2019? How can we have more releases per Genre added across the board if the overall contributions seemed to be decreasing largely? Were the columns for year 2018 and 2019 on page 4 maybe switched?

  • Mar 11,2020 at 03:17

    Pretty sad to see the decline of my favorite format. :(

  • Mar 11,2020 at 01:28

    typo on ‘Led Zeppelin’ FYI :D. Otherwise, very interesting read. Check out my page for all the cool records for sale!

  • Mar 10,2020 at 13:55

    Couldn’t find an offline contact email. Typo in first bullet under Here Are Some Takeaways. No apostrophe needed in “its 2019 year-end revenue numbers.”

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