The Beatles' swan song, 1969's Abbey Road has been listed as America's biggest selling vinyl album of the 2010's, with 558,000 copies sold. The Guardian reported the “Fab Four's” one-time EMI labelmates, Pink Floyd came in second with its 1973 classic The Dark Side Of The Moon, which shifted 376,000 units, followed by 2014's Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 rounding out the Top Three with 367,000 copies.
The Beatles were the only other band to feature twice in the Top 10 list compiled by Nielsen Music, with the band's 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection coming in at Number Seven with 313,000 copies sold across the decade.
John Lennon as always was frankly honest when appraising his and the Beatles' work — and the group's Abbey Road was no exception: “Abbey Road, for me, as always with all the albums, I like some of the tracks and I don't like others of the tracks. And it's always been the same. I've never been a knocked-out Beatle fan by any of our albums, y'know? I like some of the work we do and some of it I don't. And Abbey Road was a competent album. I don't think it was any more than that — or any less.”
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason told us he and his bandmates have never been able to fully grasp why The Dark Side Of The Moon has been so successful: “I don't think we ever really understood. There are elements that you would never have perceived at the time. It was partly about timing, and partly about the songs being relevant to people at the time, and that sort of gave it the lift that then brought it to the attention of another bunch of people, and so on.”
Top 10 Best-Selling Vinyl Albums of the '10s – via Nielsen:
1. The Beatles – Abbey Road (558,000)
2. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (376,00)
3. Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (367,000)
4. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend (364,000)
5. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (351,000)
6. Michael Jackson – Thriller (334,000)
7. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (313,000)
8. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (304,000)
9. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (286,000)
10. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (283,000)