The Most Desired Releases of 2019

What causes a physical release to be highly sought after? What makes it valuable? Is it the music contained on the disc? Or is it something else?

 

We have been thinking about this quite a bit recently at Discogs HQ. Similar to how we discovered that the most collected doesn’t necessarily represent the best music, we have a sense that sorting by most wanted isn’t the most accurate way to determine highly-desired releases. So, we’ve been working on new ways to query the data available to find releases that are exceptionally desirable.

 

My method might be a rather rudimentary way of uncovering desirable releases, but it’s a first step beyond just using total Wantlist numbers, so bear with me a bit. By using a ratio of (Wants ÷ Haves), we can establish an index of “desirability,” referred to below as the Want/Have Index. My theory is: the higher this number is, the more desirable a record will be. I had to refine this a bit to cull releases that might just be in a very small share of collections, which were mostly loosely verified test-pressings. With that in mind, this list contains releases that are in at least 25 collections. So you can maybe see how this needs some work and if you are a wise data nerd with any ideas, please feel free to leave them in the comments or DM me using my Discogs profile link at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Using this method to uncover some of the most desired releases in 2019 has yielded interesting results. Unlike sorting by the most wanted releases of 2019, we get a much more nuanced view of some exceptionally rare releases from the last 12 months. Almost all of these are limited vinyl pressings, many of which are so rare they have never been sold on Discogs. The notes and comments often allude to why these releases are so highly-desired, whether it be low pressing numbers, one-day promotions or other truly bizarre causes (looking at you variant of Billie Eilish ‎– Live at Third Man Records that features a blue paint-splattered sleeve that Billie “painted” and that may also have her footprints/handprints tracked on them.)

 

There are some genuinely astounding music releases in here that are exceptionally rare. The type of stuff that might make it into a Top 30 Most Expensive list in a few years. Dive in, explore some of the rarest and most sought after music of 2019 and don’t forget to listen with the YouTube videos on the release pages – there is a lot of truly exceptional music in this list that is worth enjoying even if you are unlikely to come across a physical copy.

 

2019’s Most Highly Desired Releases

  1. Charonne - Moonstruck Zine album cover

    Charonne – Moonstruck Zine

    Want/Have Index: 11.3846

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Rakya Records
  2. Fisher  - Losing It album cover

    Fisher – Losing It

    Want/Have Index: 10.25

    • Format: 12″, Ltd, Num
    • Label: Astralwerks
  3. Eversines, Anderson, Adam Pits, Nella - Wex Special: Part 2 album cover

    Eversines, Anderson, Adam Pits, Nella – Wex Special: Part 2

    Want/Have Index: 9.5926

    • Format: 12″, Ltd, W/Lbl
    • Label: Wex
  4. Billie Eilish - Live at Third Man Records album cover

    Billie Eilish – Live at Third Man Records

    Want/Have Index: 7.6207

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Blu
    • Label: Third Man Records
  5. Lou Karsh - Phantom Structures album cover

    Lou Karsh – Phantom Structures

    Want/Have Index: 7.3077

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, W/Lbl
    • Label: Furthur Electronix
  6. Coil - The Gay Man

    Coil – The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex + 2

    Want/Have Index: 7.2813

    • Format: LP, Album, TP
    • Label: Musique Pour La Danse
  7. Mystic Harmony - Night Over Egypt / Independant Lady album cover

    Mystic Harmony – Night Over Egypt / Independant Lady

    Want/Have Index: 6.4615

    • Format: 7″, Single, Ltd, RE
    • Label: Backatcha Records
  8. David Bowie - The Next Day album cover

    David Bowie – The Next Day

    Want/Have Index: 6.0952

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu
    • Label: ISO Records, Columbia
  9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis:Bold As Love album cover

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis:Bold As Love

    Want/Have Index: 5.9524

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu
    • Label: Legacy
  10. Meitei / Meitei - Komachi album cover

    Meitei / Meitei – Komachi

    Want/Have Index: 5.7714

    • Format: LP, Album, Boo
    • Label: Métron Records
  11. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King album cover

    King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King

    Want/Have Index: 5.5625

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu
    • Label: Discipline Global Mobile
  12. Skyf Connection - Ten To Ten album cover

    Skyf Connection – Ten To Ten

    Want/Have Index: 5.4783

    • Format: LP, MiniAlbum, RM
    • Label: La Casa Tropical
  13. Kamasi Washington, Gregory Porter - Kai Alcé Interpretations album cover

    Kamasi Washington, Gregory Porter – Kai Alcé Interpretations

    Want/Have Index: 5.4474

    • Format: 12″, S/Edition, W/Lbl
    • Label: Not On Label
  14. Sly & Robbie Vs. The Roots Radics - The Final Battle album cover

    Sly & Robbie Vs. The Roots Radics – The Final Battle

    Want/Have Index: 5.1667

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    • Label: Serious Reggae, Afro Records
  15. Wendell Harrison And Tribe  - Farewell To The Welfare album cover

    Wendell Harrison And Tribe – Farewell To The Welfare

    Want/Have Index: 4.8627

    • Format: 7″, Num, RE, RM
    • Label: Clap City Records, Tribe (3)
  16. Slowdive - Golden Hair (Live) album cover

    Slowdive – Golden Hair (Live)

    Want/Have Index: 4.8444

    • Format: 7″, Ltd, Gol
    • Label: Sonic Cathedral Recordings
  17. Bladymore Galaxy - The Impermanent Sensations album cover

    Bladymore Galaxy – The Impermanent Sensations

    Want/Have Index: 4.7576

    • Format: 12″, EP, TP
    • Label: Elma rivaga
  18. Billy Woods, Kenny Segal - Hiding Places album cover

    Billy Woods, Kenny Segal – Hiding Places

    Want/Have Index: 4.6389

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num
    • Label: Backwoodz Studioz
  19. Still Woozy - Woozy Discography album cover

    Still Woozy – Woozy Discography

    Want/Have Index: 4.4483

    • Format: LP, Ltd, Ora
    • Label: Vinyl Me, Please. Rising
  20. Karen Young - Hot Shot (Remixed With Love By Joey Negro) album cover

    Karen Young – Hot Shot (Remixed With Love By Joey Negro)

    Want/Have Index: 4.4286

    • Format: 12″, Ltd, Pin
    • Label: High Fashion Music
  21. Meute - You & Me / Hey Hey album cover

    Meute – You & Me / Hey Hey

    Want/Have Index: 4.4167

    • Format: 10″, EP, Ltd
    • Label: Tumult (2)
  22. Soul Supreme  - The Message / Umi Says album cover

    Soul Supreme – The Message / Umi Says

    Want/Have Index: 4.4138

    • Format: 7″
    • Label: Tugboat Editions
  23. Mike Ash - Buggin

    Mike Ash – Buggin’ With The Bleeps

    Want/Have Index: 4.36

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd, Num, Red
    • Label: Super Rhythm Trax
  24. Madonna + Maluma - Medellín album cover

    Madonna + Maluma – Medellín

    Want/Have Index: 4.3214

    • Format: CDr, Single, Promo
    • Label: Polydor
  25. Батюшка - Панихида album cover

    Батюшка – Панихида

    Want/Have Index: 4.25

    • Format: CDr, Unofficial
    • Label: PRT RECORDS (2)
  26. Phish - Kasvot Växt: í rokk album cover

    Phish – Kasvot Växt: í rokk

    Want/Have Index: 4.2083

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Unofficial, Whi
    • Label: Elektrisk Tung
  27. Durand Jones & The Indications - Don

    Durand Jones & The Indications – Don’t You Know

    Want/Have Index: 4.1667

    • Format: 7″, Single, Ltd, Wax
    • Label: Colemine Records
  28. Nemo Vachez - Terraformation EP album cover

    Nemo Vachez – Terraformation EP

    Want/Have Index: 4.1557

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Forest ill Records
  29. DJ Dstrukt And Rcade - Brazilla album cover

    DJ Dstrukt And Rcade – Brazilla

    Want/Have Index: 4.125

    • Format: 7″, Single, Gre
    • Label: Raisin Heads
  30. Saâda Bonaire - Saâda Bonaire album cover

    Saâda Bonaire – Saâda Bonaire

    Want/Have Index: 4.1188

    • Format: 2xLP, Comp, RP
    • Label: Captured Tracks
  31. Jai Paul - Do You Love Her Now / He album cover

    Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now / He

    Want/Have Index: 4.0682

    • Format: 12″, Single, Num, W/Lbl, Sig
    • Label: XL Recordings
  32. Shigeo Sekito = Shigeo Sekito - ザ・ワードII = The Word II album cover

    Shigeo Sekito = Shigeo Sekito – ザ・ワードII = The Word II

    Want/Have Index: 4.0455

    • Format: 7″, Single, RE
    • Label: JET SET (3), Columbia
  33. Steve Marie, Rukka, Arlanoa, HiLo - Itération EP album cover

    Steve Marie, Rukka, Arlanoa, HiLo – Itération EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.9773

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Cymatique Records
  34. Various - New Path EP album cover

    Various – New Path EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.965

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Forest ill Records
  35. James Shinra - Orbit EP album cover

    James Shinra – Orbit EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.9355

    • Format: 12″, EP, Promo, TP
    • Label: Furthur Electronix
  36. Kellon - The Datum album cover

    Kellon – The Datum

    Want/Have Index: 3.9048

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Spillway
  37. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange album cover

    Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

    Want/Have Index: 3.88

    • Format: LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Promo, Unofficial, Cle
    • Label: Frank Ocean Promotions
  38. Reedale Rise - The Reasoning album cover

    Reedale Rise – The Reasoning

    Want/Have Index: 3.8644

    • Format: 12″, EP, TP
    • Label: Propersound
  39. Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race album cover

    Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race

    Want/Have Index: 3.8519

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Sta
    • Label: Dark Descent Records
  40. Spice Girls - Spice album cover

    Spice Girls – Spice

    Want/Have Index: 3.8333

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Blu
    • Label: Virgin, Virgin
  41. Ulla Straus - Big Room album cover

    Ulla Straus – Big Room

    Want/Have Index: 3.8182

    • Format: 2xCass, Album, Ltd
    • Label: Quiet Time Tapes
  42. Blue Gas - Shadows From Nowhere album cover

    Blue Gas – Shadows From Nowhere

    Want/Have Index: 3.7813

    • Format: 12″, Ltd, RE
    • Label: S.P.Q.R., Best Record Italy
  43. Coil - Swanyard album cover

    Coil – Swanyard

    Want/Have Index: 3.7419

    • Format: 3xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, S/Edition + Box
    • Label: Infinite Fog Productions
  44. Nine Circles - The Early Days album cover

    Nine Circles – The Early Days

    Want/Have Index: 3.7391

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Comp, RE
    • Label: OnderStroom Records
  45. Co-op - Documentary Now! Presents: Original Cast Album: Co-op album cover

    Co-op – Documentary Now! Presents: Original Cast Album: Co-op

    Want/Have Index: 3.7308

    • Format: LP
    • Label: IFC (2), Broadway Video
  46. Brannten Schnüre - Durch Unser Zugedecktes Tal album cover

    Brannten Schnüre – Durch Unser Zugedecktes Tal

    Want/Have Index: 3.6667

    • Format: LP, Ltd, Num
    • Label: Youdonthavetocallitmusic
  47. Various - OVNIE 001 album cover

    Various – OVNIE 001

    Want/Have Index: 3.6471

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Ovnie
  48. Bob Dylan - 50th Anniversary Collection 1969 album cover

    Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1969

    Want/Have Index: 3.64

    • Format: 2xCD, Ltd
    • Label: Columbia, Sony Music, Legacy
  49. F.U.S.E. - Dimensions album cover

    F.U.S.E. – Dimensions

    Want/Have Index: 3.6098

    • Format: 3×12″, Album, RE, RM, Whi + 2×12″, EP, RE, RM, Whi
    • Label: Plus 8 Records, The Vinyl Factory
  50. Adesse Versions - Marijuana album cover

    Adesse Versions – Marijuana

    Want/Have Index: 3.6087

    • Format: Lathe, 10″, Spr
    • Label: Dubplated
  51. Main Source - Atom album cover

    Main Source – Atom

    Want/Have Index: 3.5714

    • Format: 7″, Ltd
    • Label: Actual Records
  52. Sueño Sueño - Tapas! album cover

    Sueño Sueño – Tapas!

    Want/Have Index: 3.5652

    • Format: LP, Album, RE
    • Label: Mind Records (6), Spooky (2)
  53. Rub800 - Dynamo Star EP album cover

    Rub800 – Dynamo Star EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.5385

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Meld
  54. Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water album cover

    Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

    Want/Have Index: 3.5349

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Tra
    • Label: BMG Rights Management
  55. Riccardo  - Focus on Your Mind album cover

    Riccardo – Focus on Your Mind

    Want/Have Index: 3.5217

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Time Passages
  56. Jared Wilson - Roland Acid Again album cover

    Jared Wilson – Roland Acid Again

    Want/Have Index: 3.5

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Undersound Recordings
  57. Len Lewis - Liquid Acid / Edge Of Life album cover

    Len Lewis – Liquid Acid / Edge Of Life

    Want/Have Index: 3.4583

    • Format: 12″, EP, RE, RM
    • Label: Physical Education
  58. Bejenec - Ruslan Tislenko EP album cover

    Bejenec – Ruslan Tislenko EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.4444

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: System 108
  59. Alessandro Alessandroni, Giovanni Tommaso - Open Air Parade album cover

    Alessandro Alessandroni, Giovanni Tommaso – Open Air Parade

    Want/Have Index: 3.3793

    • Format: LP, Ltd, RE, RM, 180
    • Label: SR Records (6), Sonor Music Editions
  60. Black Curse  - Endless Wound album cover

    Black Curse – Endless Wound

    Want/Have Index: 3.3077

    • Format: Cass, Advance
    • Label: Sepulchral Voice Records
  61. Midibasics - Cyber Queen album cover

    Midibasics – Cyber Queen

    Want/Have Index: 3.2963

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Midibasics
  62. Paul Paul - Good Times album cover

    Paul Paul – Good Times

    Want/Have Index: 3.2917

    • Format: 12″, RE
    • Label: Giorgio Records
  63. Stopouts / Klon Dump - Ahead Of Us / Do The Dump album cover

    Stopouts / Klon Dump – Ahead Of Us / Do The Dump

    Want/Have Index: 3.2778

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: A Colourful Storm
  64. Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar album cover

    Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar

    Want/Have Index: 3.2759

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Unofficial, Bla
    • Label: Nothing Records (4)
  65. Rosa Anschütz - RR4 album cover

    Rosa Anschütz – RR4

    Want/Have Index: 3.2609

    • Format: 10″, EP, S/Edition, Pho
    • Label: R – Label Group
  66. François N’Gwa - Ogooué album cover

    François N’Gwa – Ogooué

    Want/Have Index: 3.25

    • Format: LP, Comp, RM
    • Label: Into The Deep Treasury
  67. Reedale Rise - The Searching album cover

    Reedale Rise – The Searching

    Want/Have Index: 3.2478

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd, W/Lbl
    • Label: Propersound
  68. Perm - Quewupp album cover

    Perm – Quewupp

    Want/Have Index: 3.2414

    • Format: 12″
    • Label: Kann Records
  69. U2 - The Joshua Tree album cover

    U2 – The Joshua Tree

    Want/Have Index: 3.2308

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red
    • Label: Island Records
  70. Phineus II - Meridian Response album cover

    Phineus II – Meridian Response

    Want/Have Index: 3.2273

    • Format: 3×12″, Album, TP, W/Lbl
    • Label: Green Bay Wax
  71. Various - Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover

    Various – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Want/Have Index: 3.2071

    • Format: 2xLP, Comp, Ltd
    • Label: Columbia
  72. A Gethsemani - Âme Triste album cover

    A Gethsemani – Âme Triste

    Want/Have Index: 3.2

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM
    • Label: Tunnel Vision Records (2)
  73. DJ Krush & Muro - Diggin

    DJ Krush & Muro – Diggin’ On Blue – Mixed By DJ Krush & Muro

    Want/Have Index: 3.1905

    • Format: 2xCD, Mixed
    • Label: Blue Note
  74. Various - Komenco album cover

    Various – Komenco

    Want/Have Index: 3.1818

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: nifo records
  75. Idris Bena - Pantei Rah EP album cover

    Idris Bena – Pantei Rah EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.1333

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Forest ill Records
  76. The Raconteurs - HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness) album cover

    The Raconteurs – HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness)

    Want/Have Index: 3.1333

    • Format: 7″, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, TP
    • Label: Third Man Records
  77. Green Lung - Woodland Rites album cover

    Green Lung – Woodland Rites

    Want/Have Index: 3.12

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    • Label: Kozmik Artifactz
  78. Lamp of Murmuur - Melancholy Howls In Ceremonial Penitence album cover

    Lamp of Murmuur – Melancholy Howls In Ceremonial Penitence

    Want/Have Index: 3.12

    • Format: Cass, Album, Ltd, Num, Red
    • Label: Death Kvlt Productions
  79. Pharoah Sanders / John Hicks / Curtis Lundy / Idris Muhammad - Africa album cover

    Pharoah Sanders / John Hicks / Curtis Lundy / Idris Muhammad – Africa

    Want/Have Index: 3.1071

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora
    • Label: Tidal Waves Music
  80. XV  - XV album cover

    XV – XV

    Want/Have Index: 3.0952

    • Format: 12″, Red
    • Label: Life Like
  81. Unknown Artist - PABLO 001 album cover

    Unknown Artist – PABLO 001

    Want/Have Index: 3.0952

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Who Is Pablo?
  82. The Raconteurs - HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness) album cover

    The Raconteurs – HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness)

    Want/Have Index: 3.0909

    • Format: 7″, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, TP
    • Label: Third Man Records
  83. half•alive - *7 album cover

    half•alive – *7

    Want/Have Index: 3.0882

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd, Cre
    • Label: RCA
  84. Eliane Radigue - Chry-ptus album cover

    Eliane Radigue – Chry-ptus

    Want/Have Index: 3.08

    • Format: 2xLP, Ltd, RE, Cle
    • Label: Important Records (2)
  85. ASAP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy album cover

    ASAP Mob – Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy

    Want/Have Index: 3.0755

    • Format: 2xLP
    • Label: Nasty World Records
  86. DJ W.E.B, Steve Marie, Vid Vai, Evano - Global Worms EP album cover

    DJ W.E.B, Steve Marie, Vid Vai, Evano – Global Worms EP

    Want/Have Index: 3.075

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: PHI φ
  87. Keety Roots - Soldier March album cover

    Keety Roots – Soldier March

    Want/Have Index: 3.0588

    • Format: 10″, Single, Ltd, S/Edition, dub
    • Label: Not On Label
  88. Reader  - Engrams album cover

    Reader – Engrams

    Want/Have Index: 3.0571

    • Format: LP, Album, Pic, Ani
    • Label: Spartan Records (3)
  89. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain album cover

    slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

    Want/Have Index: 3.0476

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Tra
    • Label: Method Records (4)
  90. Aphex Twin - London 14.09.2019 album cover

    Aphex Twin – London 14.09.2019

    Want/Have Index: 3.0435

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    • Label: Warp Records
  91. The Raconteurs - HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness) album cover

    The Raconteurs – HEY GYP (Dig the Slowness)

    Want/Have Index: 3.0385

    • Format: 7″, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, TP
    • Label: Third Man Records
  92. Sam Barker  - Utility album cover

    Sam Barker – Utility

    Want/Have Index: 3.0278

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num
    • Label: Ostgut Ton
  93. Solär Sound System - Ōsumi album cover

    Solär Sound System – Ōsumi

    Want/Have Index: 3.008

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd, W/Lbl, Sta
    • Label: Shin’uchū
  94. Duke Lake - Do You album cover

    Duke Lake – Do You

    Want/Have Index: 3

    • Format: 12″, Maxi, Ltd, Bla
    • Label: Around My Dream Records
  95. Fronzena Harris - Lovetime Guarantee album cover

    Fronzena Harris – Lovetime Guarantee

    Want/Have Index: 3

    • Format: 12″, Unofficial, Cle
    • Label: Baltimore-Washington International Records
  96. Fronzena Harris - Lovetime Guarantee album cover

    Fronzena Harris – Lovetime Guarantee

    Want/Have Index: 3

    • Format: 12″, Unofficial
    • Label: Baltimore-Washington International Records
  97. Sweely - Private Navigation EP album cover

    Sweely – Private Navigation EP

    Want/Have Index: 3

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Label: Butter Side Up
  98. Bossa Electrica, Karyn Smith - Sunshine / Pillow Talk album cover

    Bossa Electrica, Karyn Smith – Sunshine / Pillow Talk

    Want/Have Index: 2.9833

    • Format: 7″, Club
    • Label: Ximeno Records
  99. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree album cover

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

    Want/Have Index: 2.9744

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu
    • Label: Bad Seed Ltd., Bad Seed Ltd.
  100. Overmono - Whities 019 album cover

    Overmono – Whities 019

    Want/Have Index: 2.9726

    • Format: 12″, EP, RP
    • Label: Whities
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1 Comment
  • Jan 1,2020 at 01:39

    I love the stat of the Want/Have ratio. Is there a way for Discogs members to see this with their own collection?
    If not please put this at the top of the feature request list!
    Cheers.

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