Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of August 2018

After her passing in mid-August, it should come as no surprise that soul legend Aretha Franklin dominated the top 50 best sellers for that month. Still though, she had a whopping eight records on the chart, with three in the top 10. All the LPs but one fell in the classic period between 1967 and 1972, where Aretha had hit after hit after hit.

The outlier was Who’s Zoomin’ Who?, which was released in 1985. It was something of a comeback, containing Aretha’s highest-charting single in a dozen years, Freeway Of Love. It also had her last bona fide solo hit with the title track — she would have a duet hit, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), with George Michael two years later.

And hey, there are still 42 more records on the list to dig into…like Tracy Chapman’s self-titled album, which is somehow always on this list. No shade if you’re readying this, Tracy. Swearsies.

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

1 – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

Previous Month’s Position: 1

Michael Jackson - Thriller

2 – Michael Jackson – Thriller

Previous Month’s Position: 2

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

4 – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Previous Month’s Position: 5

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

5 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Previous Month’s Position: 3

Led Zeppelin - Untitled

6 – Led Zeppelin – Untitled

Previous Month’s Position: 12

Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul

8 – Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

9 – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

Previous Month’s Position: 7

Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace

10 – Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

The Beatles - Abbey Road

11 – The Beatles – Abbey Road

Previous Month’s Position: 6

New Order - Blue Monday

12 – New Order – Blue Monday

Previous Month’s Position: 24

Pink Floyd - The Wall

13 – Pink Floyd – The Wall

Previous Month’s Position: 8

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

14 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Previous Month’s Position: 11

The Beatles - The Beatles

15 – The Beatles – The Beatles

Previous Month’s Position: 10

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now

16 – Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

17 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

Previous Month’s Position: 16

Aretha Franklin - Live At Fillmore West

18 – Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Michael Jackson - Bad

19 – Michael Jackson – Bad

Previous Month’s Position: 13

Pink Floyd - Animals

20 – Pink Floyd – Animals

Previous Month’s Position: 29

Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain

21 – Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain

Previous Month’s Position: 21

Eagles - Hotel California

22 – Eagles – Hotel California

Previous Month’s Position: 37

Queen - A Night At The Opera

23 – Queen – A Night At The Opera

Previous Month’s Position: 17

Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

24 – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Previous Month’s Position: 15

AC/DC - Back In Black

25 – AC/DC – Back In Black

Previous Month’s Position: 23

Supertramp - Breakfast In America

26 – Supertramp – Breakfast In America

Previous Month’s Position: 18

Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

27 – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

Previous Month’s Position: 34

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

29 – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

30 – Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III

31 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III

Previous Month’s Position: 26

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

32 – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

33 – Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Previous Month’s Position: 42

Pink Floyd - Meddle

34 – Pink Floyd – Meddle

Previous Month’s Position: 43

Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted And Black

35 – Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?

37 – Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

38 – Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

Previous Month’s Position: 31

The Beatles - Rubber Soul

39 – The Beatles – Rubber Soul

Previous Month’s Position: 36

Aretha Franklin - Aretha's Gold

40 – Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

Madonna - Like A Virgin

41 – Madonna – Like A Virgin

Previous Month’s Position: 40

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

42 – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

The Beatles - 1967-1970

43 – The Beatles – 1967-1970

Previous Month’s Position: N/A
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Neil Young - Harvest

45 – Neil Young – Harvest

Previous Month’s Position: 39

The Beatles - Revolver

46 – The Beatles – Revolver

Previous Month’s Position: 14

Queen - Greatest Hits

47 – Queen – Greatest Hits

Previous Month’s Position: N/A

The Doors - The Doors

48 – The Doors – The Doors

Previous Month’s Position: 32

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

50 – Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Previous Month’s Position: 22

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