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Top 50 Vinyl Records Released in 2023

Top 50 Vinyl Records Released in 2023

11/01/24

 

Ah 2023. It was the year of Barbenheimer, the chart-topping re-records of Taylor Swift’s pop classics, the global takeover of boygenius, and iconic albums from the likes of The Postal Service and The White Stripes celebrating 20 years (yep, we’re still in denial!). From the nostalgic echoes of the ‘00s to the fresh sounds of today, welcome to the ultimate countdown of the top 50 best-selling vinyl records released in 2023 on Vinyl.com


From new albums to reissues and represses, a seven nation army couldn’t hold us back on how much we love all these records. Buckle up, it’s time to get spinnin’!


50/ ‘Everything Will Change [Lavender/Blue 2LP]’ by The Postal Service (2020)


The Postal Service's 'Everything Will Change' is the indie-electronic manifesto that rocked stages and rewired eardrums, proving that live albums can be more electrifying than a caffeine-fueled rollercoaster ride. With key hits like "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" and "Sleeping In," this album takes you on a sonic joyride through their 2013 reunion tour performance in Berkeley, CA – oh, the good ol’ days!


49/ ‘Back to the Water Below’ by Royal Blood (2023)


Royal Blood's 'Back to the Water Below' is a sonic tsunami that'll slap your eardrums silly, demanding an encore. Fueled by tracks like "Mountains at Midnight" and "Pull Me Through," this self-produced fourth masterpiece practically mandates air guitar skills. According to NME Magazine, Mike Kerr tips his hat to legends Jack White and Rick Rubin as the mad geniuses who fueled the fire behind this rock revolution.


48/ ‘I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)’ by Teddy Swims (2023)


Hailing from the ATL, Teddy Swims is the genre-blending maestro who's been honing his craft for the past four years. His debut album, 'I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1),' is a wild ride through Teddy's soul-searching escapades. With a voice that could move mountains and lyrics that will have you reaching for the tissues, Teddy has become a musical force to be reckoned with.


47/ ‘Pink Tape [Pink 2LP]’ by Lil Uzi Vert (2023)


DAMNNNN. WOAHHHHHH. And just like that – Lil Uzi Vert rode straight to the top of the charts with their viral club banger “Just Wanna Rock”. It’s no wonder that fans absolutely flocked to grab their copy of the multi-GRAMMY-nominated rap sensation’s third album ‘Pink Tape’. Uzi went wild on this one, recruiting an eclectic mix of heavy hitters like Bring Me The Horizon, Don Toliver, and BABYMETAL to join the party. 


46/ ‘The 1975 (10th Anniversary Edition) [White 2LP]’ by The 1975 (2013)


In 2013, The 1975's self-titled album catapulted them to the top of the U.K. charts, mastering a fusion of '80s pop and '90s R&B with a modern twist. Capturing the attention of many with their odd name (inspired by an inscription they found in an old book of beat poetry) and instant hits like “Girls” and “Chocolate”, they quickly became the cool kids of indie-pop.


45/ ‘2000 [2LP]’ by Joey Bada$$ (2022)


Joey Bada$$'s album '2000' hit the hip-hop scene like a refreshing blast from the past, yet with a modern twist that keeps it fresh and relevant. This album, a nod to both the golden era of hip-hop and Joey's own evolution, features smooth tracks like "Head High" and "Zipcodes," showcasing his lyrical prowess and flow. Classic vibes with a mix of classic contemporary cool.

 


44/ ‘Fight Test (20th Anniversary Edition) [Ruby Red]’ by The Flaming Lips (2003)


The Flaming Lips' 'Fight Test' EP, spinning off from their acclaimed 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' album, is like a psychedelic trip through a kaleidoscope of sound. The title track "Fight Test" echoes with the quirky, experimental vibes that define the band. This EP is a testament to The Flaming Lips' uncanny ability to turn music into a colorful, mind-bending experience.


43/ ‘Tana Talk 4 [2LP]’ by Benny The Butcher (2022)


Benny The Butcher's 'Tana Talk 4' slices through the rap scene like a hot knife through butter, serving up a feast of raw, unfiltered hip-hop. With street anthems like “Johnny P’s Caddy” and “10 More Commandments”, it cemented Benny's status as a lyrical heavyweight. Teaming up with heavy-hitters like Westside Gunn and The Alchemist, 'Tana Talk 4' is a tour-de-force in gritty storytelling and beat-slaying.


42/ ‘The Collection [2LP]’ by Alanis Morissette (2005)


Hey! We’re here to remind you of just how much of an icon Alanis Morissette is. 'The Collection' is a time capsule of her golden era from 1995 to 2005, showcasing her breakthrough in the States. Packed with her hits like "You Oughta Know" and "Ironic", it also features gems like "Princes Familiar" from her 1999 MTV Unplugged album and soundtrack contributions, including "Still" from the film 'Dogma,' where she played God – a role that is perfectly well-casted in our humble opinion! It's not just a collection; it's a Morissette time travel experience with a soundtrack that proves she's been rocking our world for decades.


41/ ‘Gossamer (10th Anniversary Edition) [Gold 2LP]’ by Passion Pit (2012)


Passion Pit's 'Gossamer' is the electro-pop rollercoaster that took the indie scene by storm. With tracks like "Take a Walk" and "I’ll Be Alright", the album is like a musical caffeine shot, fueled by Michael Angelakos' distinctive falsetto. 'Gossamer' not only defined Passion Pit's signature sound but also became the party anthem for those navigating the twists and turns of love, making it a cultural moment that's both infectious and unforgettable.


40/ ‘Super Slimey’ by Future & Young Thug (2017)


Future and Young Thug's collaborative mixtape, 'Super Slimey,' is the trap symphony that hit the streets like a sonic hurricane. With tracks like "Patek Water" and "All da Smoke," this album is the epitome of the Atlanta rap scene's relentless energy and swag. The duo's electric chemistry on 'Super Slimey' not only showcased their individual prowess but also solidified their status as trap royalty.

 


39/ ‘PORTALS [Pink Marble]’ by Melanie Martinez (2023)


Melanie Martinez's 'PORTALS' is like a whimsical, slightly twisted trip down a musical rabbit hole, where pop meets an eerie, cinematic world. This album, weaving its magic with tracks like "DEATH" and "VOID," showcased Melanie's unique vision and theatrical flair for dark fantastical realms. The weirder, the better – we always say!


38/ ‘Honky Château (50th Anniversary Edition) [2LP]’ by Elton John (1972)


Elton John's 'Honky Château' is the rocket man's journey through the stars of ‘70s pop and rock, landing straight in the hall of timeless classics. This album, with its blend of funky beats and soulful ballads, gave us earworms like "Rocket Man", turning Elton into the absolute king of cool (with the coolest sunglasses, mind you). With this album having the magical ability to turn any grey day into a technicolor dream, we reckon we’re gonna love this record for a long, long time.


37/ ‘Vehicles & Animals (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blue 2LP]’ by Athlete (2003)


Athlete's 'Vehicles & Animals' is like a joyride through the early 2000s indie scene, packed with catchy tunes that are as quirky as they are relatable. This album, featuring earworms like "You Got the Style" and "Beautiful", snagged a Mercury Prize nomination and became a soundtrack for the indie kids who preferred their music with a side of introspection. 


36/ ‘Rumours Live [2LP]’ by Fleetwood Mac (2023)


In August 1977, Fleetwood Mac brought the magic of 'Rumours' to life when they returned to Southern California's Forum for a triumphant trilogy of shows.'Rumours Live' bottles the energy of their opening night, featuring a setlist dominated by hits from 'Fleetwood Mac' and 'Rumours.' Engineered by the legendary Ken Caillat, who brought 'Rumours' to life, this live edition captures all the frenzy surrounding Fleetwood Mac at their 'Rumours' peak, delivering iconic tunes like "Landslide" and "The Chain."


35/ ‘Fatalism [Clear/Green/Violet/Curacao Splatter]’ by Polaris (2023)


Polaris drops the metal gauntlet with 'Fatalism,' their third studio album that's a sonic reckoning on fate's relentless grip. Melding killer instrumentation with impassioned vocals, 'Fatalism' is a heavy trip through the inevitability of destiny. This metal saga will have you both reaching for the tissues and diving headlong into the mosh pit.

 


34/ ‘NEVER ENOUGH [2LP]’ by Daniel Caesar (2023)


Daniel Caesar's 'NEVER ENOUGH' is like a smooth, soulful journey through the complexities of love and vulnerability, wrapped in a blanket of R&B goodness. Swoonworthy and heartbreaking tracks like "Always" and "Let Me Go" showcase his evolution as an artist, blending introspective lyrics with lush melodies that has forever carved him a spot in everyone’s Valentine’s Day playlist. It’s an intimate conversation set to music, proving that sometimes, less is more and 'NEVER ENOUGH' is just right.


33/ ‘House Of Balloons (10th Anniversary Edition) [2LP]’ by The Weeknd (2011)


“Who is The Weeknd?” was the question on everyone’s lips back in 2011. Before he became the highly decorated superstar we all know today, The Weeknd was an underground enigma, setting everyone abuzz with his moody debut mixtape ‘House Of Balloons’, which set the tone for modern R&B with its sultry, shadowy vibes. From sampling Siouxsie And The Banshees to cult classic “High For This”, this record is perfect for those slow motion nights when you're feeling a little introspective and rebellious.


32/ ‘the record’ by boygenius (2023)


boygenius' debut album is THE potluck dinners of all dinners. The potluck dinner where every member brought their absolute A-game. Julien Baker spices things up with her raw, emotional vocals, Phoebe Bridgers adds a dash of dreamy, ethereal soundscapes, and Lucy Dacus tops it off with her poetic, introspective lyrics. From the cathartic “Not Strong Enough” to the heartbreaking “Cool With You”, it's a musical feast, showcasing what happens when exceptional talents combine forces to cook up something extraordinary.


31/ ‘Whitsitt Chapel’ by Jelly Roll (2023)


Jelly Roll's 'Whitsitt Chapel,' named after his childhood church in Antioch, Tennessee, is like a musical therapy session packed into 13 tracks, including the hit single “Need A Favor.” This album isn't just a bunch of songs; it's a journey of growth and gratitude, with a vibe so hopeful it could turn a bad day into a bearable one. 


30/ ‘Unreal Unearth [2LP]’ by Hozier (2023)


Hozier's third album, 'Unreal Unearth,' is a sonic masterpiece that effortlessly glides from folk and rock to blues, soul, and anthemic pop. As depicted in killer singles “Eat Your Young” and “Francesca”, the GRAMMY-nominated artist continues to evoke the spirit of Shakespeare (as his fans adore to say) with his deeply poetic songwriting and moving vocals.

 


29/ ‘Reasonable Drought’ by Stove God Cooks (2020)


Stove God Cooks' album 'Reasonable Drought' hit the hip-hop scene like a lyrical sandstorm, blending gritty storytelling with beats that slap harder than your grandma's secret spice mix. With standout tracks like "Rolls Royce Brakes" and "Break the Pyrex”, Cooks crafted a street narrative for the ages. His debut album is a feast for the rap connoisseurs that will have you coming back for seconds.


28/ ‘Transatlanticism (20th Anniversary Edition) [2LP]’ by Death Cab For Cutie (2003)


Death Cab For Cutie's album 'Transatlanticism' is the indie-rock manifesto for anyone navigating the stormy seas of love and heartbreak. With hits like "The New Year" and "Title and Registration," it's like the soundtrack to a John Hughes film for the emotionally complex. Frontman Ben Gibbard's lyrical prowess and the band's sonic wizardry make this album a cultural touchstone, hitting everyone right in the heart.


27/ ‘Zach Bryan [2LP]’ by Zach Bryan (2023)


Zach Bryan's self-titled album is a 16-track journey through the Oklahoma roots of the GRAMMY-nominated artist. With raw storytelling and poignant delivery, Bryan, who wrote and produced the album himself, invites listeners into an unfiltered connection. Featuring collaborations with The Lumineers and Kacey Musgraves as well as standout tracks like "El Dorado" and "I Remember Everything" is a stunning combination of his expansive influences with intimate, heartfelt expression.


26/ ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive [2LP]’ by J. Cole (2014)

 

Cole's '2014 Forest Hills Drive' is the rap equivalent of a mic drop. With hits like "No Role Modelz" and "Apparently" Cole proves that he’s not just a rapper but a storytelling wizard. This album is the blueprint for turning personal struggles into chart-topping anthems – no wonder Cole's got the keys to the Forest Hills kingdom.


25/ ‘DS2 [2LP]’ by Future (2015)


Future's 'DS2' is the rap equivalent of a meteor hitting the charts, leaving a trail of bangers like "Where Ya At" in its wake. With this record, Future turned every club into his personal turn-up arena, giving us a trap music manifesto that not only defines a genre but also gives you the cheat codes to survive any late-night hype session.

 


24/ ‘Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)’ by Linkin Park (2003)


Linkin Park's 'Meteora' hit the music scene like a sonic meteor, propelling nu-metal to intergalactic heights. Fueled by anthems like "Numb" and "Somewhere I Belong," this album is a nostalgia-packed journey through teenage angst and rebellious air-guitar sessions. Drawing inspiration from the cosmos of alternative rock, 'Meteora' remains a timeless soundtrack for surviving the ups and downs of life.


23/ ‘GUTS’ by Olivia Rodrigo (2023)


When Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” first rode its way into our lives in 2021, we knew that a new superstar was about to emerge. And boy, did she emerge! Olivia’s sophomore album shot straight up to the leaderboard with many instantly resonating with her introspective (and often comedic) navigation of chaotic breakups and societal pressures. From the emotional ballad “vampire” to raucous bangers like “bad idea right?”, Olivia conjured the rebellious spirits of the ‘90s to a sound that is fiercely and firmly her own. 



22/ ‘Love Sick [2LP]’ by Don Toliver (2023)


Don Toliver's 'Love Sick' is like a rollercoaster ride through the seductive ups and downs of love, all wrapped up in his signature trap-infused, psychedelic sound. This album, featuring bangers like "Do It Right" and "4 Me (feat. Kali Uchis)", and collaborations with heavyweights like Justin Bieber, Future, and Brent Faiyaz, shot up the charts.


21/ ‘The Chronic [2LP]’ by Dr. Dre (1992)


Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' is like the holy grail of West Coast hip-hop, a game-changer that put G-funk on the map and made every lowrider bump to the beat. This album, boasting classics like "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and "Let Me Ride," snagged a GRAMMY and a spot in hip-hop history. Dre turned the rap game into his personal playground with 'The Chronic' being the ultimate invitation to that wild ride.


20/ ‘Buddha [Blue/Red Splatter]’ by blink-182 (1994)


blink-182's 'Buddha' is the treasure map that led us to their legendary pop-punk kingdom. It is a time capsule of their early days with demo tracks like "Carousel" and "TV" that got us all hooked. 'Buddha' is a glimpse into the rebellious spirit that made blink-182 the immortal kings of teen angst and skatepark anthems.

 


19/ ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes [Clear/Black Smoke]’ by Parkway Drive (2004)


Parkway Drive's 'Don't Close Your Eyes' is like a sonic punch in the face, a metalcore masterpiece that left eardrums ringing and mosh pits churning. With tracks like "Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em" and "Don't Close Your Eyes" is a tornado that swept up the hearts of metalheads with its fierce headbangers. Parkway Drive proved that all you need is relentless riffs and guttural screams to make an impact in the heavy music world.


18/ ‘Swimming (5th Anniversary Edition) [Clear/Pink/Blue Marble 2LP]’ by Mac Miller (2018)


Mac Miller's 'Swimming' made waves in the music scene, showcasing his lyrical depth and musical evolution. Tracks like "Self Care" and "Small Worlds" reveal Miller's resilient spirit, while the album itself floats effortlessly between introspection and soulful grooves. 'Swimming' not only solidifies Mac's immortal legacy but also reveals the depths of his artistic genius.


17/ ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon (50th Anniversary Edition)’ by Pink Floyd (1973)


Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' isn't just an album; it's a cosmic journey that left an indelible mark on music history. Released in 1973, it's the sonic equivalent of Dorothy's trip to Oz – only instead of ruby slippers, it's fueled by the iconic prism cover and tracks like "Money" and "Time." This masterpiece fused progressive rock with philosophical musings, proving that you don't need a yellow brick road to take a legendary musical trip.


16/ ‘Barbie The Album (Original Soundtrack) [Hot Pink]’ by Various Artists (2023)


Did you even experience 2023 if you didn’t dress up in pink or randomly belt out “I’m just Ken!” at least once? ‘Barbie The Album’ is the perfect soundtrack for anyone’s Dreamhouse (or Mojo Dojo Casa House for that matter) featuring hit after hit from Dua Lipa’s dancefloor banger “Dance The Night” to Billie Eilish’s heartfelt ballad “What Was I Made For?”


15/ ‘Lonerism (10th Anniversary Edition) [3LP]’ by Tame Impala (2012)


Tame Impala's 'Lonerism' rewrote the indie-rock playbook, giving modern-day music mastermind Kevin Parker a cult following. With mind-bending tracks like "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." Kevin famously created a one-man revolution of trippy synths and dreamy melodies that turned him into the loner with the mostest in the music scene.


 

14/ ‘Led Zeppelin IV (ATL75) [Clear]’ by Led Zeppelin (1971)


Led Zeppelin's 'Led Zeppelin IV' is THE rock n' roll holy grail. Packed with timeless hits like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Black Dog," this album isn't just a classic; it's a rock and blues symphony that'll make you air-guitar til your fingers drop. Inspired by everything from Tolkien to the Delta Blues, Led Zeppelin IV is more than an album – it's a sonic adventure that still echoes through the stairwells of rock history.


13/ ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’ by Silk Sonic (2021)


Silk Sonic's 'An Evening With Silk Sonic' is like a smooth, retro-cool cocktail served with a side of pure funk and soul. This GRAMMY-sweeping album, featuring the instant hit "Leave the Door Open," brought the suave duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak together in a collaboration that's as stylish as it is groovy. Transporting us back to the golden age of R&B, this record is a time machine to the era of slick suits and even slicker dance moves.


12/ ‘Random Access Memories (10th Anniversary Edition) [3LP]’ by Daft Punk (2013)


Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' is like the disco ball that crash-landed into the electronic music scene, bringing funk back in style. This GRAMMY-winning album, featuring iconic tracks like "Get Lucky" with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, was a robotic revolution that made us all want to dance harder, better, faster, and stronger. 10 years on and we’re still grooving at their interstellar party.


11/ ‘Purple (ATL75) [Clear]’ by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)


Stone Temple Pilots' 'Purple' is the dirtbike that catapulted them into the alt-rock stratosphere. With legendary hits like “Vasoline” and "Interstate Love Song" that we still blast to this day, STP’s signature gritty and melodic sound was enough to make 'Purple' a cultural juggernaut that rocked the '90s and beyond.


10/ ‘SOS [2LP]’ by SZA (2022)


“Good Days” finally came when SZA answered our ‘SOS’. The long-awaited follow-up to her 2017 cult classic ‘CTRL’, ‘SOS’ quickly became another R&B masterpiece from the artist who broke records left, right and centre. With diaristic tracks like "Kill Bill," "Nobody Gets Me," and "Blind," she's here to steal your heart. Not to mention the star-studded squad with Travis Scott, Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers, and even Ol' Dirty Bastard!

 


9/ ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off (10 Year Anniversary Edition) [Galaxy/Zeotrope 3LP]’ by Mac Miller (2013)


Mac Miller's 'Watching Movies with the Sound Off' isn't just an album; it's a cinematic trip through the kaleidoscope of Mac's genius. With tracks like "Objects in the Mirror," this hip-hop odyssey proves Miller's prowess beyond the beats. Drawing inspiration from psychedelia to introspection, this album is an invitation to dive deep into Mac's mind and resurface with a newfound appreciation for his artistry.


8/ ‘Elephant (20th Anniversary Edition) [Red Smoke/Clear 2LP]’ by The White Stripes (2003)


The White Stripes' 'Elephant' is like a garage-rock tornado that blew the music world away, earning them GRAMMY awards and indie cred for days. With unforgettable tracks like "Seven Nation Army", Jack and Meg White showed the world that you don't need a whole orchestra to make rock 'n' roll magic. Just a whole lot of attitude and swagger.



7/ ‘The House Is Burning’ by Isaiah Rashad (2021)


Isaiah Rashad's 'The House Is Burning' is like a lyrical wildfire scorching its way through the hip-hop landscape, earning him critical acclaim and a spot in the rap hall of fame. With bangers like "Headshots (4r da Locals)" and "Darkseid," Rashad's rhymes set our speakers on fire. This is a testament to his storytelling skills and the Southern rap revival, proving that when Rashad spits, you better listen.


6/ ‘Speak Now (Taylor's Version) [Orchid Marble 3LP]’ by Taylor Swift (2023)


We were enchanted by Taylor Swift all over again when she released her version of ‘Speak Now’ – an emotional rollercoaster of Swift's self-written tales from ages 18 to 20, featuring 22 songs, including 6 unreleased gems 'From The Vault.' Just like December, it was a record that we all kept coming back to.


5/ ‘Dizzy Up The Girl (25th Anniversary Edition) [Silver]’ by Goo Goo Dolls (1998)


Goo Goo Dolls' 'Dizzy Up The Girl' is THE ‘90s cultural phenomenon. This record gave us timeless hits like “Slide” and “Iris” (yep, we’re getting out the karaoke mic too), solidifying its place in the alternative rock hall of fame. With an unmistakable blend of raw emotion and infectious hooks, 'Dizzy Up The Girl' is the musical elixir that makes you feel like the coolest person in the room.

 


4/ ‘1989 (Taylor's Version) [Crystal Skies Blue 2LP]’ by Taylor Swift (2023)


From becoming Time’s Person of the Year 2023 to dropping yet another stellar re-record, Taylor Swift is the epitome of a pop superstar. ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ took us back to the good ol’ days of shaking it off the haters and entering every room with “Style”. It’s time to throw on your best sparkly fit and party like it’s 1989!


3/ ‘Dookie (30th Anniversary Edition) [Baby Blue]’ by Green Day (1994)


"Welcome to Paradise" with Green Day's 'Dookie’ – the album that catapulted three punk rockers into the mainstream spotlight. Bursting onto the scene like a firecracker, it injected punk energy into suburban boredom with anthems like "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around." 'It became a punk manifesto that turned flannel-clad rebels into chart-topping legends.


2/ ‘Significant Other [2LP]’ by Limp Bizkit (1999)


The ultimate soundtrack to your late ‘90s angst? Limp Bizkit’s cult classic ‘Significant Other’ comes to mind. With hits like "Nookie" and "Break Stuff," this rap-metal party crashed through the mainstream, leaving a trail of red baseball caps and mosh pit memories. Fred Durst's rhymes and Wes Borland's riffs turned nu-metal into a cultural phenomenon, making 'Significant Other' an essential chapter in the book of rebellious turn-of-the-century jams.


1/ ‘Give Up (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blue/Silver]’ by The Postal Service (2003)


The Postal Service's 'Give Up' is like the indie-electronic love letter that delivered all the feels to millennials everywhere. With tracks like "Such Great Heights" and "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," Ben Gibbard and Dntel's collaboration was a match made in music heaven. It’s no wonder that this timeless indie-electronic saga snagged the crown for the best-selling vinyl record released in 2023! This was propelled by a co-headline US tour with Death Cab For Cutie, playing ‘Give Up’ in its entirety. 

 



So there you have it, folks – 50 vinyl records that rocked 2023, one spin at a time. From catching waves with SZA to getting dizzy with the Goo Goo Dolls, we've taken a wild ride through musical galaxies. Whether you're into soul-soothing R&B, face-melting rock, or introspective indie songs, these records have got you covered. It’s time to grab your turntable and drop that needle. Remember, music is timeless, and these albums prove that good tunes never go out of style. Here’s to 2024 – keep grooving, keep spinning, and let the vinyl revolution roll on!