Vinyl sales topped over 3.2 million last year, the highest UK total in 25 years.

According to the British Phonographic Industry, the record that was number one on the top 10 list was David Bowie’s popular album ‘Blackstar’ which contributed to a staggering 53% increase of sales in comparison to 2015, and sold more than double the number of copies of 2015’s biggest sell, Adele’s 25.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ came in at number 5, with Prince & The Revolution’s ‘Purple Rain’ charting at number 9.

Back in 1991 the vinyl charts were topped by Simply Red with their album ‘Stars’ being the year’s biggest selling record.

With vinyl still only accounting for 2.6% of the overall music market - and while it continues to enjoy resurgence, sales of CDs and downloads are still falling rapidly.

According to the BPI, there were approximately 45 billion audio streams in 2016, a total of 47.3 million CDs were bought dropping 11.7%; while downloads decreased rapidly by 29.6%, and just 18.1 million albums bought online.

Now consumers are increasingly using streaming services such as Spotify, Apple and Tidal, resulting in the UK now streaming more songs in a week than it did in a month just three years ago. This is a huge increase compared to four years ago when the download market was at its peak reaching figures of 32.6 million. 

The BPI's figures do not account for music listened to on YouTube because the Official Chart Company does not collect data from Google's video streaming service. However, if YouTube was included, it is estimated the figure for streams accessed by music fans in the UK would double.

The year's biggest single was Drake's One Dance, which gained more than 141 million streams, while Justin Bieber's Purpose was 2016's most-streamed album.

Vinyl has now developed recent years of growth since facing near extinction in 2007. Although it is still classes as a niche product, some music fans prefer the "warmth" of the sound produced from a vinyl record compared with digital files, while others buy LPs as souvenirs and works of art.


Vinyl Chart 2016            

1)  David Bowie



2) Amy Winehouse

Back To Black

3) Various Artists

Guardians of the Galaxy Mix 1

4) Radiohead

A Moon Shaped Pool

5) Fleetwood Mac


6) The Stone Roses

Stone Roses

7) Bob Marley


8) The Beatles

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

9) Prince

Purple Rain

10) Nirvana