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Discogs, the crowdsourced site favored by record collectors across the world, has released its data for 2015 in a new report. The report details various trends in music, such as a breakdown of new releases by month in 2015, as well as the buying and collecting habits of its users, which rose by 31 percent last year. Of the 6.6 million units sold on Discogs in 2015, 5.4 million of those were vinyl records, an increase of 31 percent from the year prior. CDs also had a banner year, marking the biggest increase in sales on the site by 38 percent.

Since Discogs allows users to catalog what records they own, it’s able to show what records turn up most often in the homes of people who have dedicated their lives to collecting pieces of plastic. The two records that sold the most in 2015 were no surprise: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, both of which are perennial collection classics. From there, the top 30 becomes a much more interesting mix of both classic and current releases, such as Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Jack White’s Lazaretto, and, vindicating emo kids the world over, Brand New’s Deja Entendu.


Other interesting data includes the most expensive records to have sold on Discogs in 2015. Unsurprisingly, the holy grail of hardcore, Judge’s Chung King Can Suck It LP, comes in at the top, having sold for $6,048. This trumped even a copy of The Smiths “Hand In Glove” single that is allegedly limited to five copies, selling for almost half that at $3,119. The entire thing is worth scrolling through, showing that even as sales from retail stores may wax and wane, the second-hand market is still booming.

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