August 29 marks this year’s Record Store Day. Conceived in 2007 to "celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally,” Record Store Day is met with special promotions in many locations, making it the perfect day to go digging in the crates for some rare LPs.
Interestingly, the recent resurgence of vinyl in the United States has largely been led by artists from the LP era. As the following chart, based on Nielsen data, shows, five of the eight best-selling vinyl LPs of the past decade in the U.S. were released before Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify was even born. With more than half a million units sold between 2010 and 2019, the Beatles’ most iconic album “Abbey Road” is still the number 1 album in the U.S. in terms of vinyl sales.