By Alex HudsonThis past year was a brutal one for CD sales, but vinyl is still on the rise. The medium, once considered nearly obsolete, has seen a massive resurgence in recent years and many indie bands have had their recent successes bolstered by impressive wax sales. Now, Neilsen SoundScan has released its figures for the top-selling vinyl records of 2010.
For the second straight year, the Beatles topped the list, with 1969 classic Abbey Road. This news comes at the end of a massive year for the group, in which they released their catalog on iTunes.
Arcade Fire came in at No. 2, with their chart-topping The Suburbs. It's not surprising that the Montreal group landed near the top of the list, as we previously reported that The Suburbs was a big hit on vinyl.
The top five is rounded out by the Black Keys, with Brothers, Vampire Weekend, with Contra and Michael Jackson, with Thriller.
These big sellers helped to make 2010 the biggest year for vinyl since Neilsen SoundScan first started tracking sales back in 1991. Rolling Stone reports that vinyl sales were up 14-pecent from the previous year, with around 2.8 million units sold.
See the top ten vinyl records of 2010 below.
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road 2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 3. The Black Keys - Brothers 4. Vampire Weekend - Contra 5. Michael Jackson - Thriller 6. The National - High Violet 7. Beach House - Teen Dream 8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Valleys of Neptune 9. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 10. The XX - XX