Grateful Dead, David Bowie Top Record Store Day Charts; Sales Down Slightly

by VVN Music

Record Store Day 2017 is in the books and the results show that, while still very popular, there was little to no growth this year.

Now on its tenth year, the total Album sales for the day were down 3.6% according to a report from Buzz Angle Music that was released on Thursday (April 27). Vinyl Album sales still grew slightly, by 2.3% but vinyl Singles fell 5.8%.

Still, Record Store Day is a huge boon for independent stores. When compared to the previous Saturday, album sales were up over 1,100% and vinyl album sales were up a whopping 2,300%.

Of course, most of those additional sales comes from the hundreds of limited edition special titles that are released by record company's every year specifically for the day. This year, it was a Grateful Dead archive album that took the sale crown followed by David Bowie's Cracked Actor and Jason Isbell and the 400 Units' Live From Welcome to 1979.

The Beatles took the Singles title for the year with Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane followed by John Williams' theme from Star Wars: A New Hope and U2's Red Hill Mining Town.

The top twenty Albums for Record Store Day 2017:
  1. P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66 - Grateful Dead
  2. Cracked Actor - David Bowie
  3. Live From Welcome to 1979 - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  4. Badfish - Sublime
  5. Lime and Limpid - The Claypool Lennon Delirium
  6. Dacade - Neil Young
  7. Bowpromo - David Bowie
  8. Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness - Coheed & Cambria
  9. Live at Carnegie Hall - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  10. Death Song - Black Angels
  11. Stinson Beach Sessions - The Head and the Heart
  12. Electric Lady Sessions - Drive-By Truckers
  13. Live at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 - Santana
  14. Live at Red Rocks 8.15.9 - Dave Matthews Band
  15. Blade Runner - Vangelis
  16. 11/17/70 - Elton John
  17. Nilsson Schmilsson - Harry Nilsson
  18. Really Rock ‘Em Right: Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Volume 4 - Various Artists
  19. Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  20. Live at Austin City Limits - Townes Van Zandt
The top ten singles:
  1. Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane - Beatles
  2. Star Wars: A New Hope - John Williams
  3. Red Hill Mining Town - U2
  4. State of Love and Trust / Breath - Pearl Jam
  5. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
  6. Little Red Corvette / 1999 - Prince
  7. Boy With the Thorn in His Side - The Smiths
  8. What the Hell Have I / Get Born Again - Alice in Chains
  9. Cygnus X-1 - Rush
  10. Def Leppard EP - Def Leppard

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