Vinyl Sales Grow in the U.S. for a 17th Consecutive Year
Forty-three percent of all albums sold in the U.S. in 2022 were vinyl LPs.
When it comes to music formats, there is no doubt that vinyl has made a comeback. According to Nielsen Music, US vinyl sales have grown for an incredible 17 consecutive years. This dramatic resurgence can be attributed to a variety of factors such as nostalgia, sound quality, and the classic experience of listening to records. Let’s take a closer look at why vinyl has seen such growth.
A big part of the appeal of vinyl records is the unique listening experience they offer. Unlike streaming services, vinyl records provide listeners with a tangible experience—the satisfying crackle of needle on wax as it plays through your stereo speakers. Plus, there's something special about owning and collecting physical albums that you just don't get with digital downloads or streaming services. There's also the added bonus of sharing your favorite physical records instead of just sending a link.
Another factor contributing to the success of vinyl is the resurgence of independent record stores across the country. These stores not only offer customers access to a wide variety of music on vinyl but also provide them with knowledgeable staff members who can help them find exactly what they're looking for. This has helped create communities around vinyl collecting and has sparked renewed interest from younger generations who have embraced this vintage format as their own.
Vinyl records are still going strong and its astonishing to see 17 years of consecutive growth in sales numbers! There are many factors contributing to this success and we love to continued focus on listening and audio setups. If you interested in setting up your own turntable/vinyl setup check out some of our other articles - Learn to setup your record player.
To support the continued growth of vinyl we highly suggest supporting local record stores and independent businesses like TurnTableLab.