Our bestselling artists of 2011

2011 has been another record (no pun intended) year at Flashback. In April, Record Store Day helped us to our best week since we opened, some 14 years ago, and we almost matched it in the run up to Christmas. November and December takings were up almost 20% on the year before.
Vinyl is dead?

Our Top 40 selling artists of 2011 are mostly the established titans of 60s and 70s music, but with our expansion into selling new vinyl alongside second hand you can see some fresher faces creeping in.

This chart is taken from our database of sales in 2011 and doesn't include all of our stock. Many of our cheaper items are put straight out in the shops without being catalogued. Still this is a pretty accurate list of who our customers were buying in the last year.

 

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Artist Average Price
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The Beatles 

The popular scouse four piece outsold their nearest rivals by a factor of two. Despite selling millions of every one of their albums they still fly out of the shop. Graham played a bootleg instrumental alternate take of "Strawberry Fields" the other day. We had to play it about 100 times in a row. Bloody amazing. "Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road" were the first and second best selling albums of the year too. Of their solo stuff, George fares the best. Perhaps because of all the positive press he's had this year or perhaps cos he's the best.

£29
2

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Rolling Stones 

Charlie Watts' blues cover band are used to sitting below the Beatles on the charts. They mustn't grumble though as they're still finding ample work on the live circuit. Their best selling album in our shops is the excellent "Let It Bleed". A little known fact about the Rolling Stones is that every single person in the world likes the song "Gimme Shelter".

£29
3

X

Elvis Presley 

Young, svelte Elvis continues to sell to his international legions of disciples. Even gaining the occasional new fan from time to time. Sales of Fat Elvis have unfortunately completely deteriorated. Except for the live album where he goes "shove it up your nose".

£15
4

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Bob Dylan 

Singer-songwriter, Judas, Musical Marmite, The Freewheelin, The Space Cowboy, Maurice, whatever you call him we can sell lots of his albums every weekend and, to a lesser extent, on weekdays. Despite his current moustache he continues to recruit new young fans. Probably because of his radio show. "It's really good actually".

£14
5

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Radiohead 

The highest placed band on our chart who've had the benefit of much NEW VINYL sales. Their latest LP didn't light up the world but a strong back catalogue continues to sell to people with ears and the like. "Bloom" was good though wasn't it? Yes.

£15
6

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Led Zeppelin 

Our Rosie likes them a lot and despite their album titles being a nightmare in search strings, hundreds of people continue to pay top dollar (pound) for their records in our shops and online. Will Jimmy Page do that thing with the bus at the Olympics again? I hope not, but then I'm not going to the opening ceremony. I'm going to the athletics. Can't wait.

£29
7

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Pink Floyd 

Have they reformed yet? No, not really. Two of them are dead. Give them a break. We sell a lot of Floyd albums. Expensive ones to collectors and cheap ones to people visiting from all kinds of places. Solid sellers.

£20
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The Smiths 

Boy do we ever sell a lot of The Smiths. Sometimes on a Saturday I get to thinking Morissey must have died that morning and everyone has gone The Smiths mad but neglected to tell me. North London is suddenly overrun with The Smiths zombies lurching around going "more brainy indie". Thus far this has not been the case.

£15
9

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Jimi Hendrix 

If you look to the right at the average price of Hendrix albums you'll see that having not lived into the 80s he was spared the ignominy of releasing bargain bin rubbish. Kudos. I know that everyone knows that a lot of people think he is the best guitar dude ever but when you're selling his records every day you REALLY know this. A lot.

£35
10

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David Bowie 

The pig holding, chameleon bard of Brixton sells in huge quantities. In fact if we recorded all the £4-6 albums we sold then Bowie might well be up in the Elvis area of the chart. Still likeable isn't he, even after getting his teeth done and not making any good music for decades. Nice chap.

£18
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Neil Young 

Distressed sounding, redneck hating, girl friendly Canadian rapper Young Neil has been everywhere this year. Probably collaborating with Lil' Wayne and Nicki Minaj and stuff. No but seriously, he's probably one of the most universally liked people in rock. I like him. Don't you?

£15
12

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Miles Davis 

The smiley joker of Jazz leads the pack in sales. With his late 50s, 60s and early 70s output going stronger and stronger as the memory of his 80s albums fades. Doo Bop was good though right? Easy Mo Be production. If he'd lived a couple years longer he'd definitely have collaborated with Biggie. Fact.

£12
13

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The Who 

I'm surprised The Who are so high up the chart as I don't feel like I put their records through the till that often. You must all be buying them from my colleagues. Weird. Triffic boys though. They're from West London, which isn't that far, if the tube is working.

£19
14

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John Coltrane 

With our expansion into NEW VINYL we can now sell much more Big John C instead of waiting months for rare originals to come in. "Ole" and the Johnny Hartmann album have gone particularly well on reissue vinyl. I love him. You love him. "I love ice cream, I love ice cream, I love ice cream..."

£13
15

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Joy Division 

If we added in the New Order sales then these dudes would be in the top 10. I was told, unequivocally by the experts I work with that I could not do that. So here they are at 15. Still quite impressive if you ask me considering how brief their life was.

£19
16

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Bjork 

Modest back cat sales combined with a very well received new album sees Bjork the highest placed woman on our countdown. You lot are well sexist. I haven't actually listened to the album yet but I've got it aside to listen to. She's always good. Except for that Dirty Projectors collaboration. Bad vibes.

£16
17

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Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 

With the lowest average price on our chart, you can still pick up the classic MJ albums for cheap cheap. We sell a copy of "Off The Wall" every Saturday. Based on our sales it is impossible to imagine it was outsold by The Eagles' greatest hits.

£10
18

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Frank Zappa 

We had a really good collection of most of the one-billion-plus albums Zappa released. They went super quick. We clearly have a lot of Zappa fans around, though it would be easier to spot them if they all wore bunches. Dweezil is currently touring as his dad. Or something similar that isn't weird at all.

£15
19

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Tom Waits 

Most of his stuff sells immediately on original vinyl and his new LP went incredibly well considering it retailed at the same price as a small car. I can't stand the man but everyone else that works here thinks he's some kind of whiskey magician. What do I know?

£21
20

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Bon Iver 

Super soaraway NEW VINYL sales see Justin Vernon (his name isn't Bon, that's AC/DC) scrape into the top twenty. At Uni he majored in Religious Studies and minored in Women's Studies. Pleasant guy huh?

£13
21

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Kraftwerk £22
22

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Dennis Brown £11
23

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Sonic Youth £21
24

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PJ Harvey £19
25

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Velvet Underground £19
26

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The Clash £20
27

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Arcade Fire £19
28

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The Doors £16
29

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Jethro Tull £15
30

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James Brown £13
31

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The Cure £12
32

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Captain Beefheart £23
33

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Prince Buster £15
34

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Curtis Mayfield £13
35

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Talking Heads £11
36

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Funkadelic/Parliament £12
37

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Prince £11
38

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Bob Marley & The Wailers £31
39

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Augustus Pablo £13
40

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The Kinks £33

One thought on “Our bestselling artists of 2011”

  • Mark

    Top work Ossie - nice to see a few Reggae artists in there - HIro done good. These lists are usually quite rock biased, but Coltrane, Davis, Prince, Parliament, Wacko and others are all challenging for position... looking forward to next year when we can have chart movement as well!